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Wooden netsuke: Ashinaga and Tenaga

1780/1780

British Museum

British Museum

Two mythical Chinese fishermen, Ashinaga ('Long Legs') and Tenaga ('Long Arms') lived on the sea shore somewhere in northern China. Here they combine forces to catch an octopus. Ashinaga wades through the water with his long legs, while Tenaga stretches for the octopus with his long arms. But Ashinaga's long legs get entangled with the creature and they struggle to free him.

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  • Title: Wooden netsuke: Ashinaga and Tenaga
  • Date Created: 1780/1780
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 13.40cm
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Technique: carved
  • Subject: asian mythical figure/creature; mollusc
  • Registration number: HG.11
  • Production place: Made in Japan
  • Period/culture: Edo Period
  • Material: wood
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Donated by Hull Grundy, John. Donated by Hull Grundy, Anne

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