This Japanese antique carved nut ojime bead is old, dating to the 19th century of at least the Meiji period. (1868-1912), if not older. It is hand carved out of a nut, based on appearance, weight and feel. Different flowers including a sunflower, daisy and chrysanthemum, with their intertwined leaves and branches, are finely hand carved with great detail, carved with some serious intricacy following the natural lines of the nut. It is not lacquered as appropriate. Each end where the cord goes through is also carved into the outline of a flower. This one is in very condition for its age, no cracks, loss or chips. Please see the pictures for the rest of your condition description. It has some age patina and is a lovely ojime, very natural. 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. I have learned my lesson about cropping again after Photoshop resizing so will have to go back and resize all the ojime pictures again so we can see them better!
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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