… Netsuke, a small carved object made to wear with traditional Japanese kimono.
A netsuke is a small sculptural object which has gradually developed in Japan over a period of more than three hundred years. Netsuke(singular and plural) initially served both functional and aesthetic purposes. The traditional form of Japanese dress, the kimono, had no pockets. Women would tuck small personal items into their sleeves, but men suspended their tobacco pouches, pipes, purses, writing implements, and other items of daily use on a silk cord passed behind their obi (sash). These hanging objects are called sagemono. The netsuke was attached to the other end of the cord preventing the cord from slipping through the obi. A sliding bead (ojime) was strung on the cord between the netsuke and the sagemono to allow the opening and closing of the sagemono. Source – World of Netsuke.
The mice and the bunny!
Marcus Ranum says
There is a huge market in fake antique netsuke. As a friend of mine said “the Japanese make more antique netsuke today than ever before”
When she was studying in Japan, a couple of decades ago, Daughter #2 bought me a book of photos of contemporary netsuke, from the Crown Prince’s (now Emperor) collection.
Apparently there’s an annual competition, and the best newcomer is given an unofficial award of “someone who’s fingers we’d like to see broken.”
( Contemporary Netsuke. the H.I.H Prince Takamado collection. 2003. I just checked, there’s no ISBN. Sorry.)
Joseph Zowghi says
Wow. That is spectacular work!
Ice Swimmer says
Prettiest counterweights ever.
Beautiful art thankyou.
I love netsuke. But yes, there are a lot of fake ones. I do love them though, even some of the fakes are really nice.