Asian, Oriental & Hindu Artifacts & Art : Japanese Netsuke
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Japanese Netsuke, or toggles, have captured the imagination of collectors for centuries. Traditional Japanese garments, kimonos, lacked pockets. Women carried items in their sleeves or tucked into a fold within the wide obi (sash or belt).  Men tied a small sack to a cord and pulled the cord up under the obi where it would be kept from slipping by a netsuke made of stone, gourd, or root.  A practical invention that endured over 300 years, netsuke evolved into a unique form of miniature sculpture that could be held in the palm of the hand. Subject varied widely including deities, legendary heroes, and animals.

 

Man with Mask - Japanese Netsuke : Behind his back, a man is holding a mask of Okame, the goddess of mirth. He is pulling on his eyelid, playing a children's game "See my eye."

LOT 591 : .875" x .5" x 1.5"

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Man with Mask - Japa

Cat in a Robe - Japanese Netsuke : This whimsical netsuke is a graceful cat disguised as a woman. In some Japanese legends, long-tailed or two-tailed cats can be bewitch human beings. Please see our jewelry collection for a gold broach of this figure.

LOT 592 : 1.18" x .875" x 2.25"

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Cat in a Robe - Japa

Angel - Japanese Netsuke : This intricately carved angel with flowing scarves stands firmly on one foot and beats a hand drum. She is a lovely tennin (female) of the Buddhist heaven.

LOT 605 : 1.12" x .875" x 2.62"

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Angel - Japanese Net

Octopus - Japanese Netsuke : The octopus presents a dual image: Its bald head suggest a priest's shaven head, but its tentacles symbolize a comical amorous embrace

LOT 589 : 1.25" x 1" x 1.12"

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Octopus - Japanese N

Two Puppies - Japanese Netsuke Dogs : These animals rest together as friends. Dogs are loyal and sincere. A netsuke of a dog can also represent a wish for an easy childbirth.

LOT 599 : 1.25" x .875" x 1"

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Two Puppies - Japane

Kirin - Japanese Netsuke - Kirin the Kind Gentle Vegetarian : The emblem of kindness and virtue, the Kirin is a vegetarian and a creature so gentle that it will not even walk on grass lest it crush any living being.

LOT 600 : 1.62" x .875" x 1.75"

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Kirin - Japanese Net

Dragon - Japanese Netsuke : People born in the Year of the Dragon are healthy, energetic and stubborn. They are the most eccentric of the signs and tend to be soft-hearted.

LOT 601 : 1.25" x 1.75" x .62"

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Dragon - Japanese Ne

Carp Fish in Waves - Japanese Netsuke : When a carp reaches a sacred place on a river, it is rewarded by being sent on a cloud to heaven where it becomes a dragon to live happily ever after.

LOT 612 : 1.5" x .875" x 1.25"

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Carp Fish in Waves -

Man on Turtle - Japanese Netsuke : In folklore, Urashima Taro, a fisherman, married the underwater Dragon King's daughter, the princess who could assume the form of a tortoise.

LOT 585 : 1.25" x 1" x 2"

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Man on Turtle - Japa

Dog - Japanese Netsuke : People born in the Year of the Dog possess the best traits. They are loyal and trustworthy, inspiring confidence; they know how to keep secrets

LOT 586 : 1.4" x 1.12" x 1.25"

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Dog - Japanese Netsu

Mirror Polisher - Japanese Netsuke : Mirrors reflects true images: "As the sword is the soul of the samurai, so is the mirror the soul of a woman. When the mirror is dim, the soul is unclean."

LOT 587 : 1.4" x 1.25" x .875"

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Mirror Polisher - Ja

Sambaso Dancer - Japanese Netsuke : In the 9th century, Sambaso dancers wearing high hats and carrying fans, performed a religious dance to appease the gods and thwart earthquakes.

LOT 593 : .875" x .62" x 2.75"

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Sambaso Dancer - Jap

Goat - Japanese Netsuke : People born in the Year of the Goat are intelligent, accomplished in the arts, and fare well in business. Their abilities make money for them.

LOT 602 : 1.375" x .75" x 1"

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Goat - Japanese Nets

Horse - Japanese Netsuke : People born in the Year of the Horse are popular. They are cheerful, skillful with money and perceptive, although they sometimes talk too much.

LOT 603 : 1.12" x .75" x 1.12"

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Horse - Japanese Net

Otakufu (Goddess of Mirth) - Japanese Netsuke : To prepare for the New Year, Otafuku, the goddess of mirths, pours tea and has tossed beans to keep the demons away. Piece is highly detailed on the bottom as well.

LOT 608 : 1.375" x 1.25" x 1.5"

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Otakufu (Goddess of

Chinese Buddha - Japanese Netsuke : When and individual achieves a profound inner peace, he is able to understand the relationships among all things; he is an awakened one, a Buddha

LOT 614 : 1.375" x 1.25" x 1.75"

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Chinese Buddha - Jap

Cat with Ball - Japanese Netsuke : The Japanese cat is unique with his bobbed tail. This charming cat playfully rests its paw on a ball and wears a special collar indicating he is loved.

LOT 615 : 1" xc .62" x 1.375"

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Cat with Ball - Japa

Monkey with Her Baby - Japanese Netsuke : People born in the Year of the Monkey are the geniuses of the Oriental Zodiac. Clever and astute, they are inventive and can solve most problems.

LOT 596 : .75" x 1.5" x 1"

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Monkey with Her Baby

Rabbit - Japanese Netsuke : People born in the Year of the Rabbit are conservative and financially lucky. They make good gamblers for they have the gift of choosing correctly.

LOT 588 : 1.375" x 1" x 1.12"

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Rabbit - Japanese Ne

Deer - Japanese Netsuke : Deer, believed to be and incarnation of Buddha, are symbolic of long life and good luck. The deer is the only animal able to find the sacred fungus of immortality.

LOT 590 : 1.9" x 1.875" x 1.25"

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Deer - Japanese Nets

Couple Having Tea - Japanese Netsuke with Woman in Kimono and Man in Foreign Attire. : Representing a scene and activity of everyday life, a Japanese woman dressed in an elaborate kimono pours teas for a gentleman in foreign attire.

LOT 594 : 1.4" x .62" x 1.875"

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Couple Having Tea -

Rat Eating a Parsnip - Japanese Netsuke : People born in the Year of the Rat are noted for their charm and attraction for the opposite sex. They work hard to achieve goals and are perfectionists.

LOT 595 : 1.5" x.75" x1"

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Rat Eating a Parsnip

Reclining Ox - Japanese Netsuke : People born in the Year of the Ox are patient, quiet, and inspire confidence. Ox people are mentally and physically alert, and they hate to fail or be opposed.

LOT 597 : 1.9" x1.25" x .875"

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Reclining Ox - Japan

Hotei with Baby (God of Good Fortune) - Japanese Netsuke : Hotei is the most popular of the Seven Gods of Good Fortune. He can be recognized by his jolly expression, huge belly, and sack of Precious Things.

LOT 598 : .62" x 1.25" x 1.62"

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Hotei with Baby (God

Tiger - Japanese Netsuke : People born in the Year of the Tiger are fortunate, for the tiger is the sign for luck, as well as courage and strength. Others have great respect for them.

LOT 604 : 1.12" x .875" x 1.12"

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Tiger - Japanese Net

Elephant at Festival - Japanese Netsuke : The elephant is the symbol of wisdom in Japanese culture. Here and elaborately decorated elephant, a dancer, and two musician entertain.

LOT 606 : 1.4" x 1.75" x .875"

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Elephant at Festival

Dog with Her Puppy - Japanese Netsuke : Dogs are know for the ease with which they give birth, and a netsuke of a dog, especially with a puppy, can represent a wish for and easy childbirth.

LOT 607 : 2" x 1.375" x 1.25"

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Dog with Her Puppy -

Benten - Patron or the Geishas (God of Good Fortune) - Japanese Netsuke : Benten is the only female deity among the Seven Gods of Good Fortune. She is the goddess of learning, music, and love - the patron of the geishas.

LOT 609 : .875" x .75" x 2"

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Benten - Patron or t

Acrobatic Performing Monkey - Japanese Netsuke : An acrobatic performing monkey is dressed in finely detailed clothing. He is doing a backbend and appears to screaming in glee.

LOT 610 : 1.62" x 1" x .875"

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Acrobatic Performing

Horse with Monkey - Japanese Netsuke : According to Japanese legend a horse with a monkey atop of it symbolizes the energy and impatience of the horse led by the intellect of the monkey.

LOT 611 : 1.12" x .75" x 1.25"

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Horse with Monkey -

Hawk on Perch - Japanese Netsuke of Hawks and Falcons : In Japan, hawks and falcons have remained a symbol of aristocracy who used them as hunting birds. Hawks symbolize generosity and heroism.

LOT 613 : .75" x .62" x 2.12"

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Hawk on Perch - Japa

Japanese Standing Cat - Japanese Netsuke : This standing cat poses as if waiting to be adored. He proudly wars a bib, a common accessory demonstrating the owner's love for the cat.

LOT 616 : 1" x 1.25" x 3"

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Japanese Standing Ca

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