Netsuke - (Ornament Ivory Bone Wood Japan)

Netsuke - (Ornament, Ivory, Bone, Wood, Japan) (Japanese, pronounced `netsky', from ne-a root, and tsuke-to fasten) A toggle with holes used to secure the cord on which a man carried his personal belongings. Very old, but as works of art date from late sixteenth to late nineteenth centuries. Tiny, of wood, ivory, bone, horn, amber, often exquisitely carved and fashioned into fantastic human, animal or mythological figures. If made of two materials, then probably of late date.

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