Wood and ivory netsuke: Dōjōji, carved by Kōnan Minkō


British Museum

British Museum

Dōjōji, is a Nō drama which tells of the passion of a young girl, Kiyohime, for the monk Anchin. He hid from her under a temple bell. She turned into a dragon, coiled around the bell and fried him with the heat of her passion. The white-tinted face of Anchin can be seen through a crack in the bell.

This netsuke is signed Kōnan Minkō.

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  • Title: Wood and ivory netsuke: Dōjōji, carved by Kōnan Minkō
  • Date Created: 1750/1799
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 5.00cm; Width: 6.40cm; Width: 6.40cm
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Technique: carved
  • Subject: bell; japanese myth/legend; prince/princess; monk/nun
  • Registration number: F.882
  • Production place: Made in Japan
  • Producer: Made by Minko
  • Period/culture: Edo Period
  • Material: wood; ivory; horn
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Donated by Franks, Augustus Wollaston