This particular 19th Century Ivory Netsuke is of a man sitting in front of a giant gourd. It is 1 1/4 inches tall and 1 1/8 wide. Netsuke miniature sculptures were invented in 17th C. Japan to serve a practical function. Traditional Japanese robes had no pockets and men 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 hung by cords from the robes' sash. The fastener that secured the cord at the top of the sash was a carved, button-like toggle called a netsuke.
Item ID: 13 Ivory Netsuke Gourd 2600
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