Boxwood Hand Carved Netsuke Sculpture Miniature Elephant w/ Twisted Nose #030916

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Item Description: up for sale is a solid fine boxwood hand crafted Japanese gorgeous netsuke, item size is approximately 2 inches. Very detailed hand carvings and great hand crafting, excellent workmanship. Buyer's satisfaction guaranteed!

What's a netsuke: Netsuke is a miniature sculptures that were invented in 17th century Japan to serve a practical function (the two Japanese characters ne+tsuke mean "root" and "to attach"). Traditional Japanese garment--robes called kosode and kimono--had no pockets, however men who wore them needed a place to store their personal belongings such as pipes, tobacco, money, seals, or medicines.

Their solution was to place such objects in containers (called sagemono) hung by cords from the robes' sash ( obi). The containers may be a pouch or a small woven basket, but the most popular were beautifully crafted boxes ( inro), which were held shut by an 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 inro and ojime, evolved over time from being strictly utilitarian into objects of great artistic merit and an expression of extraordinary
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