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Netsuke. Fugu fish. Made of ivory. British Museum. Japanese / Japan Antiques : More At FOSTERGINGER @ Pinterest
A fine ivory netsuke of an octopus 19th century
Snail on tub. Japanese netsuke, made of wood, by Shigemasa 重正
Netsuke (no date, material, source, etc) depicting carp swimming upward among the reeds
This is the intended use of the Netsukes. To hold a purse at the waist. They became an art form as does so much in Japanese life. They have been desired as collections and as jewels in single possessions.