The Second Day of Christmas: Turtle Doves

Here we are, on the second day of Christmas, and this gorgeous Japanese netsuke is our turtle dove:


This netsuke is in the form of a dove, but a netsuke can take many forms. The netsuke was a miniature carved toggle invented in Japan in the seventeenth century. They were a necessary accessory for wearers of the traditional Japanese Kimono, which has no pockets; instead the wearer would attach a small sagemono (pouch), which would hold their belongings, to their robe using the netsuke. However the use of netsuke moved beyond mere necessity, becoming objects of great craftsmanship, art and expression, as you can see with our gorgeous bird.


About uoamuseums

The University of Aberdeen's Museums include King’s Museum and the University's Zoology Museum. The museums can claim to be Scotland's oldest, with records of museums and collections as far back as the late 17th century. Thanks to their status as a Recognised Collection of national significance, the Zoology Museum’s displays are currently being improved, while King's Museum hosts changing exhibitions drawn from across the collections, particularly those formerly in Marischal Museum. Visitors are warmly welcomed to the museums, and there are no charges for admission. Marischal College now houses the Museums Collections Centre, caring for and conserving many of the collections.
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