Monkey on Horse Japanese Boxwood Netsuke Bead
Monkey on Horse Japanese Boxwood Netsuke Bead
Monkey on Horse Japanese Boxwood Netsuke Bead

Monkey on Horse Japanese Boxwood Netsuke Bead

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Netsuke pronunciation: ˈnetso͝oˌkē net-soo-key.

In traditional Japanese dress from the 17th century, the inro box (compartments that stacked together) hung from the obi (belt like sash) of a kimono, on a double cord.  At the top of the cord, a large carved bead called a netsuke 根付 acted as a toggle to anchor the inro.  A much smaller carved bead called an ojime bead, helped to keep the inro box closed.

This netsuke bead has one hole in the base that is called a himotoshi.  It measure 2.8mm to 3.5mm in diameter.  It has a base, so it is also a collectible figurine.

Netsuke definition: The term or two characters in Japanese for Netsuke mean root or to attach to.

Monkey on Horse Netsuke Bead measures 53 by 30 by 17mm