Skeleton and Oiran, Netsuke

Tomoiuku, Japan Artist
1800-1899 Date:
Ivory Materials
Gift of Anna Goodrich Waters and David M. Goodrich, in memory of Robert C. Pruyn Credit
1952.12.172 Accession number
The macabre is often treated with humor in Japanese art. Here, a skeleton, a reminder of the brevity of life, is seated next to Oiran (courtesan). He is searching for money to pay her.
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