Wednesday, 9 August 2006


Japanese Netsuke
While dipping into Dusseldorf's museum kunst palast I found this netsuke. Apparently the museum has a good collection, but you don't have to go to Germany to see netsuke. Visit our own V&A to see them. Netsuke are Japanese ornamental weights that were attached to a cord tied to a purse, so the wearer could wear it on his belt or sash. (The traditional kimono doesn't have pockets.) Made of ivory or lacquered wood, these 18th/19th century little figurines are a delightful form of art.


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