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Boxwood Netsuke Animals are a classical Netsuke subject and these eight darling, detailed mini-sculptures depict a Dog, Goat/Sheep with kid, Serpent, Rooster, Dragon, Pig, Oxen/Water Buffalo, and Rabbit. They are in flawless condition and each has the traditional double holes in back to allow them to be strung on cord if desired. They are each about 2" in size. Asking $98 for the set; Cash only. Text or Craigslist Relay with questions.
Netsuke are small sculptural objects, which gradually developed in Japan over a period of more than three hundred years. Netsuke initially served both functional and aesthetic purposes. The traditional form of Japanese dress, the kimono, had no pockets. Women would tuck small personal items into their sleeves, but men suspended their tobacco pouches, pipes, purses, writing implements, and other items of daily use on a silk cord passed behind their obi (sash). These hanging objects are called sagemono. The netsuke was attached to the other end of the cord preventing the cord from slipping through the obi. A sliding bead (ojime) was strung on the cord between the netsuke and the sagemono to allow the opening and closing of the sagemono. With transition to European dress, the use of sagemono and netsuke declined, nearly disappearing over the period from the end of 19th to the first quarter of the 20th century but the production of netsuke did not go away. Instead, under a strong influence of Western collectors visiting Japan in larger and larger numbers, netsuke developed into a form of art and exists as such today with carvers from all over the world still creating these little masterpieces.