Ivory netsuke of a shishi, a Buddhist lion

Japanese, Edo Period and Photographer: Ardon Bar-Hama1700/1868

Freud Museum London

Freud Museum London

This netsuke is in the shape of a shishi, the Japanese version of the mythical Chinese lion. In China pairs of guardian lions often flag gateways to buildings. They symbolise protectiveness and are also associated with scholarship, which would have appealed to Freud. Images of shishi also featured on decorative arts and were adopted by the Japanese, often in the form of netsuke. A netsuke is a toggle at the end of a cord by which Japanese men would carry personal items such as tobacco pouches and pipes.

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  • Title: Ivory netsuke of a shishi, a Buddhist lion
  • Creator: Japanese, Edo Period, Photographer: Ardon Bar-Hama
  • Date: 1700/1868
  • Date Created: 1700/1868
  • Physical Dimensions: 5 x 3.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Subject Keywords: Buddhist, netsuke, Japan
  • Rights: Copyright Freud Museum London
  • External Link: Freud Museum London
  • Medium: Ivory


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