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Netsuke: Miniature Masterpieces from Japan

Ongoing Exhibit

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery has a collection of over 200 Japanese netsuke, small carvings mainly used by men to attach items to their belts. Created in the 1700s and 1800s, each netsuke is unique and they depict a huge range of subjects from Japanese popular culture. 75 of these tiny masterpieces from our collection are featured in this exhibition.



Netsuke: The Prince Takamado Collection

Tokyo National Museum

April 27 - July 18, 2021


Contemporary Wood-Carved Netsuke Exhibition Tour - Australia 2021

The Japan Foundation, Sydney

June 4 – 26, 2021


Abundant Ideas

Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Art Museum

June 1 – 30, 2021


The World of Exquisite Craftsmanship: Artistic Crafts from the Kinoshita Collection

Kakegawa Ninomaru Museum

April 6 - June 6, 2021


Masterpieces of Maki-e Lacquerware

Kiyomizu Sannenzaka Museum

May 15 – August 1, 2021

On view will be a number of splendid works of maki-e lacquerware by masters who served as leaders from the end of the Edo period to the Meiji and Taisho periods.  The first floor of the museum is a display of artistic crafts from the late Edo and the Meiji periods, including netsuke, inro, and sword fittings.

Upcoming Exhibition at Kiyomizu Sannenzaka Museum:

Sword Fittings of the Ishiguro School

August 7 – October 24, 2021


The International Netsuke Society is vehemently opposed to the trafficking, trade or commerce of illegal ivory, horn or any other illegal material. We support and comply with all international laws and regulations, including but not limited to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), the Endangered Species Act, and the African Elephant Conservation Act.