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Netsuke

Burma/Japon?

Origin: unknown
size: inches 2.4 (6 cm)
Provenance: Private aquisition, Mandcalay 1981

We found this ivory Netsuke in Mandalay, Burma, but we never heard about Burmese Netsukes. So it possible that this piece came from Japon to Burma during the Japanese occupation at the Second world war.

Traditional Japanese garments ( kosode and kimono) had no pockets. So, one needed a place to keep personal belongings. These belongings were placed in crafted boxes (inro) and were held by slinding beads on cords (ojime). A netsuke was the fastener that secured its cord at the top of the sash.

 

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