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Antique Bone Japanese Netsuke, Pierced for Himo

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Antique Bone Japanese Netsuke, Pierced for Himo
The Art and Orchid Gallery's hand carved bone netsuke, or toggle, shows its 19th Century age with worn surfaces, cracks and worn pierced holes. This netsuke is a standing figure of an old man, seemingly out of breath, carrying a sack and wearing an incised mugwort leaf cloak and a hat with combs or horns attached.[ILL A] One can see the trabeculae (photo) of the bone under the feet (where it was probably glued to a base as a cabinet ornament, or okimono, after its life as a netsuke.[Ref B] Netsukes are toggles which are attached to a silk cord, called a himo, to hold an inro and its bead, or ojime, around a Japanese gentleman's kimono belt, or obi.[120C] Netsukes are reported from the 15th Century in Japan, but achieved their greatest artistic development during the Edo Period to accompany highly decorated inros.[120D] Out netsuke is carved from bone but they can be made from a variety of other materials including: ivory, wood, horn, metal, ceramics and lacquer.[120E] References available upon request. Size: ~ 3" H x 3/4" x 5/8"; Weight: 16 grams;

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