a Japanese antique lacquered wood netsuke of an eggplant which dates to the mid 19th century Edo period according to our trusted dealer in Japan. It is an old and well-carved netsuke of an eggplant, a motif representing a favorite vegetable of Japanese cuisine. It is first hand carved, then lacquered. It is not signed, but a very nice netsuke. It has age related chips and a crack along the back. The crack is an age related crevice, it is not the type that will make it crack in half, it is just age related wear which would be expected of a netsuke this old or could have been there when it was carved. It has other wear spots on I presume, the back where the most wear is, please see the pictures of which we have a few more and are happy to share. There is a natural himotoshi formed by the stem of the eggplant.
SIZE : Length 2.4" or 6.09 cm, Width 1.3" or 3.30 cm, Depth 0.9" or 2.28 cm
Please see our many other netsuke all over the store in different categories, by different makers, materials, ages, sizes, motif and color. Probably the easiest way to find them all at once is to search 'Netsuke; in the top center search field of the page, if one uses the box on the right you might end up in another store! More faces our found in okimono, suiteki for calligraphy water droppers and other Japanese items.
Netsuke are miniature sculptures that were invented in 17th-century Japan to serve a practical function. The two Japanese characters of netsuke means 'root and to attach'. Because traditional Japanese garments of kosode and kimono had no pockets, sagemono were used in place of pockets and wallets for personal belongings of money, seals, medicines, and so on. The solution was to place such objects in containers called sagemono hung by cords from the robes' sashes or the obi. The containers may have been pouches or small woven baskets, but the most popular were beautifully crafted boxes or 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.
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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