6 Life cycle: afterlife
Transition from ‘consumption’ to ‘afterlife’
All these events relate to the biography of the netsuke as part of its transition from the phase of ‘consumption’ to the ‘afterlife’ stage in the object life cycle (Figure 1). In this case the UK government accepted ownership of the netsuke in lieu of inheritance tax and passed them into the care of the British Museum.
The British Museum’s Report and Accounts notes the arrival of related objects: