Dragon Gong Netsuke Boxwood Dragon Bead
Dragon Gong Netsuke Boxwood Dragon Bead
Dragon Gong Netsuke Boxwood Dragon Bead

Dragon Gong Netsuke Boxwood Dragon Bead

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Netsuke pronunciation: nets-kay

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.  

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.

This netsuke bead has been drilled side to side with a 7mm hole large enough to push a small bell into the chamber of the bead. A bell is not included. The bottom of the bead has a purposeful slit from the holes on the side. Fascinating carving.

Two Dragon Gong netsuke bead measures 45mm high by 42mm wide by 30mm deep.