Netsuke tassel decoration (Pixiu guardian)

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A netsuke-style hardwood carving of a Pixiu guardian: attractor and guardian of wealth - hung on a knotted and tasselled cord.

A netsuke is a miniature sculpture invented in 17th century Japan, to serve both aesthetic and practical functions.

More about the Netsuke

Traditional Japanese garments - 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' sashes (obi).

The containers may have been pouches or small woven baskets, but the most popular were beautifully crafted boxes known as inro, which were held shut by ojime - 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 craftsmanship.

  • Product Code: CMCN501740
  • Dimension: Netsuke: Approx. 5.5cm x 2.5cm x 3.5 cm, Full lenth: 32cm
  • Material: Wood, man-made fibre
  • Details: Packed in a cellophane bag
  • Weight: 0.03 Kg

A netsuke-style hardwood carving of a Pixiu guardian: attractor and guardian of wealth - hung on a knotted and tasselled cord.

A netsuke is a miniature sculpture invented in 17th century Japan, to serve both aesthetic and practical functions.

More about the Netsuke

Traditional Japanese garments - 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' sashes (obi).

The containers may have been pouches or small woven baskets, but the most popular were beautifully crafted boxes known as inro, which were held shut by ojime - 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 craftsmanship.

  • Product Code: CMCN501740
  • Weight: 0.03 Kg