|Project by MariyaArts||posted 02-11-2012 12:31 PM||1468 views||0 times favorited||10 comments|
Netsuke 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; however, men who wore them needed a place to store their personal belongings, such as pipes, tobacco, money, seals, or medicines.
Their solution was to place such objects in containers (called sagemono) hung by cords from the robes’ sashes (obi). The containers may have been pouches or small woven baskets, but the most popular were beautifully crafted boxes (inro), which were held shut by ojime, which were sliding beads on cords. Whatever the form of the container, the fastener that secured the cord at the top of the sash was a carved, button-like toggle called a netsuke.
Material: Boxwood and pear wood
Measurements: netsuke 1.61”(4,1cm) stand 2.17”(5.5cm) diameter
Boxwood : Owing to its fine grain and iron strength and relatively high density of the wood
(it is one of the few woods that are denser than water) it is superb wood for fine wood carving.
Boxwood is also used for high quality jewelry and parts for musical instruments.