Wooden Netsuke, Growling Dog, Original Japanese Antique


Title: Wooden netsuke of a growling dog
Date: 19th century
Size: (H) 4 cm x (W) 2.1 cm x (D) 3 cm

Original Japanese antique.

This growling dog netsuke is made entirely out of wood, with glass eyes. As glass was a rare material in 19th century Japan, it can be assumed they are a later addition, perhaps as part of a restoration. In Japanese culture, the dog is the eleventh animal in the zodiac. People born in the year of the dog are loyal and responsible, although they tend to be frank and stubborn.


Netsuke were practical fashion accessories worn by Japanese men of the Edo period (1615-1868). Kimono has no pockets, and only women's garments had places in the sleeve to keep small objects. In contrast, men would carry their personal accessories by hanging them from the sash wrapped around their waist. Netsuke would therefore act as a 'toggle' that kept the sash hanging by preventing it from slipping.


Like many other art forms, netsuke reflect the nature of the society that produced them, displaying every aspect of Japanese culture, including its rich folklore and religion, crafts, trades, and professions, all types of people and creatures, both real and imagined, and every kind of object.

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Size(H) 4 cm x (W) 2.1 cm x (D) 3 cm
Condition ReportThe item is well-worn, with external areas showing aged wood patina. Residue in the harder to reach areas. Small crack on the left hind leg.
Product Date19th century