22 February 2013

Netsuke: Japanese Miniature Sculptures

Netsuke are miniature sculptures that were invented in 17th century Japan and traditionally used to fasten a purse to a kimono. Traditional Japenese clothing had no pockets and the solution to store personal belongings was to place such objects in decorative containers called an inro. Netsuke were often carved from ivory or wood. They were made in many shapes and showed a variety of objects. In the 18th century and early 19th century, netsuke and inro were important components of Japanese costume, and were symbols of social status.

Our Asian Art dealers at Grays have a wonderful collection of Netsuke and Inro available.


19th Century Wood Netsuke of Snake

 19th Century Wood Netsuke of Tiger

 19th century Japanese Ivory Okimono-style netsuke 
of the 7 Gods of good fortune riding in a takarabune

18th Century Ivory Netsuke of Sennin Warrior

18th Century Black Inro with original Netsuke

18th Century Gold coloured Inro with Ojime carved from bone

Case Lacquer Inro inlaid with Ivory Owl and Mother of Pearl on the case

For more information visit www.graysantiques.com

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