This rooting wild boar, a symbol of prosperity due to its great girth, happily paws through autumn leaves. It is also the twelfth animal in the Chinese Zodiac which was introduced to Japan, along with Buddhism, in the 6th century AD . Netsuke were used as both toggle and counterweight to help suspend hanging purses or boxes from the sash of a man's kimono.
This is a reproduction of a 19th century original in the Raymond and Frances Bushell Collection at LACMA which includes nearly 900 netsuke. The Pavilion for Japanese Art has a gallery devoted to these miniatures.
- Reproduction hand-painted polymer netsuke
- Approximately 2 inches long
- Beautifully gift boxed with information on this work