Long Life God Netsuke

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<p>Hand-carved netsuke in the form of the Long Life God, Shouxing. <br /> <br />The God Shouxing is often depicted as a bearded old man with a high brow and a crooked staff in one hand. According to legend he was carried in his mother's womb for ten years before being born, and was already an old man when delivered. <br /> <br /><strong>More about the Netsuke</strong> <br /> <br />Traditional Japanese garments - robes called <em>kosode</em> and <em>kimono</em> - 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 <em>sagemono</em>) hung by cords from the robes' sashes (<em>obi</em>). <br /> <br />The containers may have been pouches or small woven baskets, but the most popular were beautifully crafted boxes (<em>inro</em>), which were held shut by <em>ojime</em>s, 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 <em>netsuke</em>. <br /> <br />Netsuke, like the inro and ojime, evolved over time from being strictly utilitarian into objects of great artistic merit and an expression of extraordinary craftsmanship. </p>

A hand-crafted boxwood ornament depicting the Chinese god of long life, Shouxing.

The god Shouxing is often depicted as a bearded old man with a high brow and a crooked staff in one hand. According to legend he was carried in his mother’s womb for ten years before being born, and was already an old man when delivered.

About Netsuke:

Netsuke are Japanese miniature ornamental sculptures which were originally invented in the 17th century, during the Edo Period, to serve a practical function. Traditional robe garments, such as kosode and kimono had no pockets, so men would carry small, often ornamental containers called inro which they would secure to their obi sashes with a cord fastened with a carved netsuke. Netsuke, originally plain toggles, evolved into highly detailed artistic creations, often representing humans, gods and animals.

A fun and cultural gift.

  • Product Code: CMCN501720
  • Dimensions: H4cm
  • Material: Boxwood
  • Postage Weight: 0.01 Kg

<p>Hand-carved netsuke in the form of the Long Life God, Shouxing. <br /> <br />The God Shouxing is often depicted as a bearded old man with a high brow and a crooked staff in one hand. According to legend he was carried in his mother's womb for ten years before being born, and was already an old man when delivered. <br /> <br /><strong>More about the Netsuke</strong> <br /> <br />Traditional Japanese garments - robes called <em>kosode</em> and <em>kimono</em> - 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 <em>sagemono</em>) hung by cords from the robes' sashes (<em>obi</em>). <br /> <br />The containers may have been pouches or small woven baskets, but the most popular were beautifully crafted boxes (<em>inro</em>), which were held shut by <em>ojime</em>s, 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 <em>netsuke</em>. <br /> <br />Netsuke, like the inro and ojime, evolved over time from being strictly utilitarian into objects of great artistic merit and an expression of extraordinary craftsmanship. </p>

A hand-crafted boxwood ornament depicting the Chinese god of long life, Shouxing.

The god Shouxing is often depicted as a bearded old man with a high brow and a crooked staff in one hand. According to legend he was carried in his mother’s womb for ten years before being born, and was already an old man when delivered.

About Netsuke:

Netsuke are Japanese miniature ornamental sculptures which were originally invented in the 17th century, during the Edo Period, to serve a practical function. Traditional robe garments, such as kosode and kimono had no pockets, so men would carry small, often ornamental containers called inro which they would secure to their obi sashes with a cord fastened with a carved netsuke. Netsuke, originally plain toggles, evolved into highly detailed artistic creations, often representing humans, gods and animals.

A fun and cultural gift.

  • Product Code: CMCN501720
  • Dimensions: H4cm
  • Material: Boxwood
  • Postage Weight: 0.01 Kg
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