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Antique Ivory Japanese Netsuke, Pierced for Himo

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Antique Ivory Japanese Netsuke, Pierced for Himo
The Art and Orchid Gallery's hand carved ivory toggle, or netsuke, is 19th Century Meiji with age cracks and wear. It appears to be a Buddhist priest with his book and candle. His long robes go from neck to floor and are incised and stained with floral patterns. His obi (belt) about his waist and folds in robe are also incised and stained.[120A] There are two pierced holes in the back, one has been enlarged by long use of a 'himo' (silk cord) tied from the netsuke toggle around the obi and probably tied to a 'ojime' and 'inro'.[120B] Since the Japanese outer garment, the kimono, has no pockets, a gentleman carried his useful personal possessions, such as smoking devices and medicine, on a silk cord, or hima, around his belt or sash called an obi.[120C, 120A] Very often the inro 'set' consisting of the inro (vessel or basket for multiple objects), the ojime, or carved bead, (which fastened the hima to the inro) and, finally, the toggle, or carved netsuke, held the hima (cord) at the opposite end so that the inro did not slip out of the belt. Frequently, there was a common, or complementary, motif on these three decorated objects.[120B] Our netsuke has passed the tests for ivory including: hot needle, acetone insolubility, and its distinctive cross-hatched marks (see photo).[11D] References available upon request. Size: ~ 2" H x 3/4" x 1"; Weight: ~ 23 grams;

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