Chimpanzee in Bamboo Circle Boxwood Netsuke Bead
Chimpanzee in Bamboo Circle Boxwood Netsuke Bead

Chimpanzee in Bamboo Circle Boxwood Netsuke Bead

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Netsuke pronunciation: ˈnetso͝oˌkē net-soo-key.

In traditional Japanese dress from the 17th century, the inro box hung from the obi (belt) of a kimono, on a double cord. At the top of the cord, a large carving called a netsuke 根付 acted as a toggle to anchor the inro.  

Most of our netsuke have authentic double-holes in the base, so when strung on a necklace they will hang upside-down.  

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

Chimpanzee in Bamboo Circle netsuke bead 43 by 41 by 23mm