Netsuke functioned as the toggle that held the inro in place by preventing it from sliding out from under the sash of a man’s kimono. Often carved in precious materials, they portray the imagination of the artist who carved netsuke from a multitude of subjects, including legendary figures, animals, fruits, flowers, and vegetables, many of which also carried symbolic meaning. One legend featured was that of Oguri Hangan, the son of a famous family of shoguns. Oguri Hangna led an adventurous life, first crippled by his wicked stepmother and later miraculously cured by Terute Hime, whom he married. He was also famous as an accomplished horseman, and is thus frequently represented mounted on his horse Onikage. Another theme is the badger. In Japan, badgers are considered mischievous animals with supernatural powers and were the frequent subject of netsuke carvers. In the famous No drama, a female badger makes music by beating her distended belly like a drum.
Vancouver Museum, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts,

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