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Everything about Netsuke.





Lorelay
Hello everyone!

Japanese people used to hang their everyday articles such as small money pouches, tobacco pouches, and seal or medicine cases (inro) from their sash or belt (obi), because the Japanese traditional garment (kimono) has no pockets. To prevent it falling to the ground, the hanging object(s) (collectively called sagemono) was attached to a small toggle with a cord, and the toggle is called netsuke.In general, the netsuke has the following physical characteristics or requirements:
• To serve as a toggle attached to hanging objects, it has a hole or a channel (himotoshi) to put the cord through.
• To be worn as an accessory or held in hands, it doesn't (or shouldn't) have parts that can easily be broken or might catch the garment.
• To be worn at the waist, it is comparatively small. It is generally about as large as you can hold in your hand, but it could be a bit smaller or larger than that.

In early times, netsuke flourished as a part of the ensemble with a small pouch and/or an inro and cord-tightening bead (ojime). Nowadays, many netsuke are exhibited, traded, collected as independent objects, but they were originally attached to sagemono, some sets of which you might also see in museums, private collections, galleries, and publications.
adiutrix
Very interesting, I am sure non of you want me to explain the potential uses of recycled dog poo!
Lorelay
Your intelligence as high as your post Wink
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