MINIATURE Japanese sculptures are the latest intriguing artefacts on display at Bolton Museum.
The new selection of Chinese and Japanese art includes the museum’s collection of Netsuke undefined tiny sculptures made of wood and ivory used as a type of toggle to secure pouches on kimonos in 17th century Japan.
They depict a variety of subjects from animals and people to mythical creatures. The Netsuke fox, left, was made about 200 years ago and depicts a fox in a dress and cloak.
Other items being showcased in The Crafts of China and Japan exhibition include a 500-year-old tea bowl and a bronze Buddha made in China between 1550 and 1611.
The works will be on display until the end of March.