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Japanese Netsuke

Originally used as practical objects, Japanese netsuke has become an outlet for sculptors to express their creativity and a popular collectible worldwide. First discovered in 17th century Japan, netsuke serve as a solution to the lack of pockets in the Japanese kimono. These small fixtures help to hold multi-compartmented boxes known as "inro," which are used to carry possessions. Netsukes are worn above the obi of the kimono, fastened to a rope or cord which is passed under the obi, and strung onto the inro.

Japanese netsuke can be made from a wide variety of materials including ivory, hardwood, clay or porcelain, metal, and in rare cases, even walnuts or coral. The most common medium for creating is ivory netsuke. However, as obtaining ivory from a live animal is now illegal, production... Read more

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Three Signed Netsuke and Six Small Figures

February 24, 2018, 9:00 AM EST
Chester Springs, PA, USA

$25 (starting bid)

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A Resin Chicken Netsuke

February 24, 2018, 3:00 PM EST
Lakeland, FL, USA

$10 (starting bid)

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A Resin Bulldog Netsuke

February 24, 2018, 3:00 PM EST
Lakeland, FL, USA

$10 (starting bid)

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Carved Plaster Netsuke Attr. to Kaigyokusai Masatsugu

February 25, 2018, 10:00 AM EST
Philadelphia, PA, USA

$150 (starting bid)

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Japanese Wood Netsuke, Monkey, Mokugyo, 19c

February 25, 2018, 9:30 AM PST
Oakland, CA, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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Japanese Cinnabar Lacquer Manju Netsuke

February 25, 2018, 9:30 AM PST
Oakland, CA, USA

$250 (starting bid)

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Japanese Bronze Netsuke, 18c and  19c

February 25, 2018, 9:30 AM PST
Oakland, CA, USA

$250 (starting bid)

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One wood and 4 bone carved Japanese netsuke

February 26, 2018, 2:00 PM PST
Anaheim, CA, USA

$30 (starting bid)

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5 wood carved Japanese netsuke

February 26, 2018, 2:00 PM PST
Anaheim, CA, USA

$30 (starting bid)

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AN IVORY NETSUKE OF A SNAIL.  Meiji period.  Resting on a roof tile, unsigned, 4cm.  ????? ???????

February 27, 2018, 3:00 PM GMT
London, United Kingdom

£120 (starting bid)

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