Wooden netsuke: a wasps' nest


British Museum

British Museum

Subjects for netsuke became more and more diverse as the Edo period progressed. All kinds of insects, as well as spiders, were a popular subject. Here a perfectly carved wasp alights on the nest.This is one of The British Museum's group of wooden netsuke signed by Toyomasa. Two others are depictions of Handaka Sonja, one of the sixteen disciples of the Buddha, called rakan. One of them, only 3.8 cm high, shows him emerging from his own gourd.

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  • Title: Wooden netsuke: a wasps' nest
  • Date Created: 1700/1750
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 3.20cm; Width: 4.30cm; Depth: 4.20cm
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Technique: carved
  • Subject: insect
  • Registration number: F.1084
  • Production place: Made in Tamba
  • Producer: Made by Toyomasa
  • Period/culture: Edo Period
  • Material: wood
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Donated by Franks, Augustus Wollaston