This particular 19th Century Ivory Netsuke is a man with large array of flowers and measures about 1 1/4 by 1 5/8 inches. 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 man w/flowers 2900
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