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The Peacock’s Feather

Male Accessories of Old Japan
January 11 – March 18, 2007

In the 18th and 19th centuries, well-dressed gentlemen of Japan often wore art in the form of miniature sculptures attached to their clothing. Carved miniatures, called netsuke, of bone, ivory or wood anchored objects to the kimono sash such as medicine cases, pipe-holders and tobacco pouches that were also highly decorative displays of the wearers’ wealth. Organized by the International Netsuke Society, this show is a comprehensive overview of netsuke and sagemono, the objects netsuke supported, drawing from several important collections.