Netsuke "Dwarf"

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Project by MariyaArts posted 02-11-2012 12:31 PM 1468 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Netsuke “Dwarf”
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.


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#1 posted 02-11-2012 12:40 PM

Your work never ceases to amaze me!
Another Beautiful!!! Creation.

-- Nick, Virginia,

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#2 posted 02-11-2012 12:47 PM

Beautiful carving

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#3 posted 02-11-2012 12:49 PM

Very nice work

-- Vince

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#4 posted 02-11-2012 01:18 PM

Amazing. Love your work.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#5 posted 02-11-2012 01:24 PM


Your work is beautiful. Thank you for explaining the history of the Netsuke.
I’m old, but still learning!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#6 posted 02-11-2012 02:00 PM

Thank you!
I’m glad,that this is interesting.

“The smart man learns his lifetime , the fool man knows everything!”
Bulgarian proverb :)


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#7 posted 02-11-2012 02:27 PM

Just terrific work, I love all of these. Thanks so much for sharing!

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#8 posted 02-11-2012 04:08 PM

Fantastic work,nice to see that you explained netsuke to all, I have a nice collection of them also inro and kiseru,enjoy your work as always…..shinju

-- enjoy, be well and enjoy life with all around you

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#9 posted 02-11-2012 04:13 PM

your work always show great talent and fine detail. Nice work.

-- Custom furniture

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#10 posted 02-11-2012 10:34 PM

Beautiful carving, nice details.
Love the cat, they always somehow want to join in on the fun…

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