Netsuke depicting man with moxa on leg, from Nagoya school

Made:
1771-1800 in Japan

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Wooden netsuke, depicting a man with a moxa on his leg, from the Nagoya school, signed Tametaka, Japanese, 1771-1800

Netsuke are toggle-like ornaments. They hang objects such as medicine boxes or tobacco pouches from the sash of a kimono. A kimono is a traditional form of Japanese dress. This netsuke is signed ‘Tametaka’. It shows an old man undergoing a traditional treatment called moxibustion on his leg. This involves burning dried moxa, a plant known as Artemisia vulgaris, which is then held close to the skin. Traditional Chinese Medicine believes moxibustion stimulates the flow of the life force known as qi (chi) around the body. Qi is considered essential for wellbeing and health.

Details

Category:
Oriental Medicine
Object Number:
A642979
Materials:
complete, wood (unidentified)
type:
netsuke
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
  • sculpture
credit:
Glendining
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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