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Netherlands or Germany (Rhineland or Southern Germany), end of the 15th century.

Netherlands or Germany (Rhineland or Southern Germany), end of the 15th century.

Oleg Doroshenko - Hamster with a nut

Oleg Doroshenko - Hamster with a nut

Snail on tub. Japanese netsuke, made of wood, by Shigemasa 重正

Snail on tub. Japanese netsuke, made of wood, by Shigemasa 重正

Bats  ^..^ ^..^

Bats ^..^ ^..^

A fine wood netsuke of a female hare By Naito Toyomasa (1773-1856), Tanba, early 19th century

A fine wood netsuke of a female hare By Naito Toyomasa (1773-1856), Tanba, early 19th century

Whale netsuke

Whale netsuke

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.

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.

"It's Cold" The Monkey netsuke by Sergei Osipov. Go to web page to see 12 views/close-ups of the netsuke.

"It's Cold" The Monkey netsuke by Sergei Osipov. Go to web page to see 12 views/close-ups of the netsuke.

pouch full of nuts

pouch full of nuts

Netsuke (no date, material, source, etc) depicting carp swimming upward among the reeds

Netsuke (no date, material, source, etc) depicting carp swimming upward among the reeds

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