Monday, July 23, 2007

Netsuke, a small toggle made of wood or ivory

Netsuke, a small toggle made of wood or ivory, Kyoto, Japan
Netsuke, a small toggle made of wood or ivory, Kyoto, Japan
Netsuke, a small toggle made of wood or ivory, Kyoto, Japan
These are netsukes. A netsuke is a form of miniature sculpture for men's kimonos, made of wood, ivory, shell and more, and serves both functional and aesthetic purposes.

The kimono, the traditional Japanese dress, had no pockets and men suspended their cigarette pouches, pipes, inro(see the previous post) and more on a silk cord from their obi (kimono sash). A small toggle was attached to stop the cord from slipping through the obi. The toggle is called a netsuke.

The netsuke had been popular during Edo era, from 1603-1867. But today I have not seen any men using it because we don't usually wear kimono. Some people collect them now in Japan as artworks. But Netsuke seems more popular in US or other countries than in Japan.

3 Comments:

At 7/23/2007 8:56 PM, Blogger Annie said...

It's true that netsuke are seen here as works of art, wonderful to look at and for some, a collectible. I enjoyed very much seeing these you post today - and reading about them too.

Thank you, Annie.

 
At 7/24/2007 2:11 PM, Blogger Wendy said...

Never heard the word "netsuke" before your post. Interesting photos and information - I've learned something today, from you.

 
At 7/27/2007 8:05 AM, Blogger Nikolaj Masnikov said...

A couple of days ago I've read a book about the beginning of Edo era: James Clavell's Shogun. I guess it's one of the best west books about Japan. Isn't it?

 

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