(031833r) Hand Carved Netsuke
The carving of this Netsuke was done in China out of Boxwood
All the carving subjects depect animals or items of significant importance in Japanese culture
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History of the Netsuke
Netsuke (Japanese) are miniature sculptures that were invented in 17th -century Japan to serve a practical function. ( The two Japanese characters ne+tsuke mean "root" and "to attach".
Traditional Japanese garments - robes called kosode and kimono - had no pockets. Men who wore them needed a place to store their personal belongings, such as pipes, tobacco, money, seals, or medicines.
The solution was to place the objects in containers hung by cords from the robe's sashes.
The containers were pouches or small wooven baskets.
The fastener that secured the cord at the top of the sash was a carved button-like toggle with two holes in the bottom; "called a Netsuke"