Japanese Vintage Ribbed Pine Wood Ojime or Sliding Cord Fastener Bead most likely dates to the early 20th century. It is finely hand carved with great detailed ribbed style all the way around the bead from opening to opening. These openings do not have the metal inserts. It is in good aged condition but it does have some age wear. It is a very light wood, with Brent not here today I am not sure but I think it is pine. Please see the pictures for the rest of your condition description. It has some age patina and while not lacquered, it could be- and it has not chips or scratches. Because it is an antique we are required to price at 100. Therefore, we have placed this in the vintage category at this time. Please see our other ojime and feel free to inquire about those not posted.
Size: 5/8” or 1.58 cm in Diameter
The Ojime Bead
Ojime literally means cord fastener and are a type of bead that originated in Japan in the 16th century. They are worn between an inro and a netsuke. Ojime are handcrafted decorative beads and made from fine materials, such as lacquer and precious stones, as well as natural materials such as seeds and wood. They have a specific role in traditional Japanese dress. There was no such thing as a pocket in Japanese clothing, so an inro, a small box made of several layers would be used to carry personal items. The inro would hang on a cord below on obi, the wide sash worn around a kimono. At the top of the cord would be the large decorative netsuke, a bead that would act as a toggle that secured the inro to the obi by having the cord pass beneath the obi, with the netsuke anchoring it at the top. The ojime was used to act as a sliding closure for the inro and minimizing the access to individual levels. To allow the cord to pass through the central hole twice, ojimes are characterized by a large hole. Ojimes were also used on other hanging accessories such as tonkostu or tobacco pouches.
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