This Japanese Netsuke was made about 170 years ago, the early Japanese Edo period. It is an old lacquered wood carving of the God of Longevity. It is very well made with good sculpture work, and is an old original. It is in excellent condition except the head of the turtle is missing. As the dealer said, " There is not the head of the tortoise on the head. But it is not worried about it." The tortoise and fan are often seen with the God of Longevity. Dancing and smiling, the God of Longevity is giving us a hint here. There are some small scratches. It is in good antique condition.. It is used and there are no cracks or chips. I often seen wood netsukes polished, that is a personal preference so I leave that to the buyer. It needs a good dusting. It does have himotoshi and somehow the back picture has dropped off, real re-add.
There is information about Netsuke below. Netsuke International is a good place to go for any and all information on Netsuke including cleaning them. Whether you are a new or seasoned collector- they have information and welcome questions from everyone. Their link is on our home page.
SIZE : Height 2.2", Width 1.2", Length 0.7" CM: Height 5.59, Width 3.04, Length 1.78
Netsuke are miniature sculptures that were invented in 17th-century Japan to serve a practical function (the two Japanese characters netsuke 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 Inro, hung by cords from the robes' sashes obi. Sometimes they are or were carried in the sleeve on the kimono. The entire piece all together is sagemono. The containers may have been pouches or small woven baskets, but the most popular were beautifully crafted boxes (inrō), 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.
Netsuke, like the inrō and ojime, evolved over time from being strictly utilitarian into objects of great artistic merit and an expression of extraordinary craftsmanship. Such objects have a long history reflecting the important aspects of Japanese folklore and life. Netsuke production was most popular during the Edo period in Japan, around 1615-1868. Today, the art lives on, and some modern works can command high prices in the UK, Europe, the USA, Japan and elsewhere. Inexpensive yet faithful reproductions are available in museums and souvenir shops.
Above Excerpts From Wiki
There are many good sources of information about netsuke online and in books. Please see the link to Netsuke International on our home page. It is a good source of information for different types and ages of netsukes.
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