Netsuke. Fugu fish. Made of ivory. British Museum. Japanese / Japan Antiques : More At FOSTERGINGER @ Pinterest
Skeleton, 19th century Netsuke, Ivory with staining, sumi,
"Ivory Octopus" Netsuke by Adam Binder (England), 2009
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.