This Japanese Vintage Faux Wood Netsuke of Frog is very well made. I thought it was wood, and did not notice in the post that they noted unknown material! It does not float in water, so it is not wood, but it sure does look like it. Very real and authentic looking frog. It is probably about 30 years old, or late Showa period made. It has glass eyes. There are several natural himotoshi on the frog that can be used to thread the string through that attaches to the inro or tobacco pouch, or any other item. In Japan these days, netsuke are often tied to cell phones.
Please see all of our authentic vintage and antique wood and tagua nut netsuke. This is the only faux wood netsuke we have.
Size: Length 2 inches or 5 cm, Width 1 inch or 2.58 cm, Height 0.8 inch or 2 cm, Weight 15 grams
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 sagemono) hung by cords from the robes' sashes (obi). 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. Please see the link to Netsuke International in the 'Favorites' links on our home page. It is a good source of information for different types and ages of netsukes.
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