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Netsuke Carvings

Netsuke are miniature carvings that were invented in 17th-century Japan to serve a practical function, acting as fasteners for containers worn with Traditional Japanese garments such as kosodes and kimonos. These had no pockets; however, men who wore them needed a place to store their personal belongings.

Their solution was to place such objects in containers (called sagemono) hung by cords from the robes' sashes (obi). 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 evolved over time from being strictly utilitarian into objects of great artistic merit and an expression of extraordinary craftsmanship. High quality netsuke carvings made from Boxwood (Buxus sempervirens) which has a warm, rich colour, giving an elegant and classic sense of aesthetic feeling.

The main artistic feature of boxwood carving is that all the works are made based on their original shapes, maximizing the use of the wood. Though there are many methods the most prominent and popular way is circular carving.

Each piece is individually signed, and they are beautifully carved on all sides. All the carvings can also be worn as a pendant as they can be threaded with a cord through the base.

This high quality hard wood has been used by oriental artists since the Tang Dynasty (618-907).

Products In Netsuke Carvings (Total Products 14, Showing: 1 -> 14)
Cat Carving
Cat Carving
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Dragon Carving
Dragon Carving
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Elephant Carving
Elephant Carving
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Fire Dragon Carving
Fire Dragon Carving
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Frog Carving
Frog Carving
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Horse Carving
Horse Carving
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Leaf Frog Carving
Leaf Frog Carving
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Mouse in a Cabbage Carving
Mouse in a Cabbage Carving
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Peach Monkey Carving
Peach Monkey Carving
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Pig Carving
Pig Carving
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Rabbit Carving
Rabbit Carving
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Tiger Carving
Tiger Carving
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Turtle Carving
Turtle Carving
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Two Piggies Carving
Two Piggies Carving
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