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Netsuke4 of 38Netsuke ?Unknown Ivory Netsuke  Chinese Artist Characters Unknown
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Posted 1 year ago


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I would love to know anything about these. It seems to be ivory and its about 2" tall. Not sure as to what the 2 holes are for in the back. Is it really a Netsuke? It is signed?

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  1. jwendell222 jwendell222, 1 year ago
    Hi, both of your small figures with holes are intended as netsuke, but they are 20th century shop carvings. Signed, they are definitely ivory. The holes are called himotosi and are used with a cord, a bead (ojime), usually carved, and box with compartments, called an inro. Google 'inro' to see how these parts are set up and used. Regards, Jim

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