Netsuke and the Art of Little Wonders

  • Location
  • Dayton Art Institute
    • 456 Belmonte Park North
    • 456 Belmonte Park North
    • Dayton Art Institute
    • Dayton, OH
Overview

"Netsuke were personal accessories during the Edo period in Japan (1615–1868). Their purpose was to suspend a small carrying case from the sash of a man’s pocketless kimono. They were also a way to make a subtle and often humorous fashion statement. People outside of the ruling samurai class, including the increasingly wealthy merchants, were restricted in how much luxury they could display. But through practical items like netsuke, a level of opulence was possible and they developed into imaginative works of art, delicately detailed carved sculptures that could fit in your palm.

This Focus Exhibition explores these little wonders and the remarkable variety of subjects they depict from the popular culture of the time. These range from characters in folk tales and scenes of everyday life to monsters and a menagerie of animals. Many of the works are generous loans from the James F. Dicke Family Collection."

  • Saturday, Aug 27, 2022 - Sunday, Feb 12, 2023
  • Location: 456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton Art Institute, OH
  • Phone: (937) 223-4278
Netsuke and the Art of Little Wonders
  • August 27, 2022 to February 13, 2023
  • Dayton Art Institute
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday