Netsuke were used as a hanging pendant on a traditional Japanese clothing kimonono (着 物) and kosode (帯 钳), which was devoid of pockets. Little things like a pouch or key was placed in special containers, called sagemono (下げ 物).
netsuke carving I love the craftsmanship that goes into creating one of these beautiful objects. It must be so gratifying to the artist to be able to created whole new worlds out of a piece of mammoth tusk or wood.
Squid and Tai-fish netsuke The Inshore Squid (Sepioteuthis lessoniana) and Tai-fish. This netsuke carved from tagua nut and stained. Squid eye is inlaid with mother-of-pearl from the black-lip pearl oyster (Pinctada margaritifera). Fish eye from amber.
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