Japanese Boxwood Netsuke 2 pretty fishes This piece is on order and was purchased directly from the curator in China.
This is a wonderful hand-carved boxwood, Japanese Netsuke. Title, Two Pretty Fish. It is intricate with the base being carved as well. It's an exceptional piece and is signed by the Artist. It is an authentic Japanese reproduction. If you are a March baby..this could have significance for you as well,-being a Pisces or the symbol of the two fish.
What is a Netsuke? = Netsuke: Is a miniature sculptures that were invented in 17th century Japan to serve a practical function. The Kimonos had no pockets and there was a need to store personal items. The solution was a Container called a Sagemono, which hung by a cord from the robe's sash [0bi]. Observe the picture of the Sagemono and you can see the netsuke or the ojime bead [similar to the netsuke, but smaller]. Whatever the form of the container, the fastener that secured the cord at the top of the sash was a carved, button-like toggle called a netsuke. [See the picture].
Netsuke, like the inro and ojime, evolved over time from being strictly utilitarian into objects of great artistic merit and an expression of extraordinary craftsmanship. Such objects have a long history reflecting the important aspects of Japanese folklore and life. Netsuke production was most popular during the Edo period in Japan, around 1615-1868. Today, the art lives on and some modern works can command high prices in the UK, Europe, the USA, Japan and elsewhere.
SHIPPING: USA and Canada are the same.
INTERNATIONAL: Because of the size and weight, the shipping fee will only be one additional dollar USA currency. Thank you for taking the time to look.