14+ Netsuke Background. Netsuke were invented out of the necessity of preventing items that were hung on the person and carried netsuke — small, finely carved figures in ivory, wood, bone, lacquer, metal and porcelain. 101 pages, 100 color illustrations of more than 150 netsuke, okimono, and ojime by the popular 20th century netsuke artist.
Netsuke, ornamental togglelike piece, usually of carved ivory, used to attach a medicine box, pipe, or tobacco pouch to the obi (sash) of a japanese man's traditional dress. Netsuke and tiny sculptures by sergey osipov. Netsuke and inro became nearly obsolete during the early 20th century due to western influence on a popular collecting category of netsuke is shunga.
The only antique netsuke gallery in japan since 1991, sagemonoya in tokyo deals exclusively in genuine japanese netsuké, inro, pipecases, ojime, yatate and bokuto.
Containers called sagemono—pouches, woven baskets. Netsuke originally served both functional and aesthetic purposes, but in modern times they have become extremely collectable. Noun netsuke (plural netsukes or netsuke). Netsuke and inro became nearly obsolete during the early 20th century due to western influence on a popular collecting category of netsuke is shunga.