Death Exhibition Netsuke Mug


A custom made mug for our exhibition death: the human experience.

The netsuke is a ghostly corpse. It's meant to represent a ghost, possibly from a story called Botan Doro where a man has one/two ghostly female lovers who appear at night.

A dead body can be seen as the ultimate representation of death. Buddhist monks meditate on the different stages of decomposition, known as ‘the nine cemetery contemplations’. The aim is to understand that no one is bound to their body forever.

Japan (late 1800s)

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