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Dressed to Impress: Netsuke and Japanese Men's Fashion

4 Nov 17 - 22 Apr 18
Tue-Sat 10.00-17.00, Sun 12.00-17.00

The Museum of East Asian Art, Bath


This exhibition explores the intricate accessories worn by Japanese men during the Edo period (1615-1868). Netsuke are a form of Japanese miniature sculpture that were primarily functional, but evolved into an important art form.

It will feature a selection of netsuke, chosen from over 2,300 in the British Museum’s collection, with more pieces added from The Museum of East Asian Art's collection to show the range and beauty of these objects and their excellent craftsmanship. Also on display will be a number of inro (a case for holding small objects), a sword and smoking accessories.

The exhibition places the netsuke and other objects in context with a sword and bespoke male kimono to demonstrate how they were worn as a complete outfit in the 18th century.