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Netsuke: Ancient Pocket Charms from Edo Japan

Museum Handicrafts Art

Netsuke are carved, button-like ornaments, especially of ivory or wood, formerly worn in Japan to suspend articles from the sash of a kimono. These intricately wrought objects are preserved cultural relics that were all the rage as men’s fashion accessories during the Edo Period (1603-1868), also serving as aesthetic symbols of social status.

In her book called Netsuke: 100 Miniature Masterpieces from Japan, Japanese art curator Noriko Tsuchiya details historically significant netsuke, with selections including a glowing ivory carrier pigeon to a terrifying ghoul carved in excruciating detail.

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