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East Asia, China, ca. early to mid 20th century CE. Made from a deep red, translucent amber, this is a netsuke in the form of a seated old man, his bald head, long beard, and contorted body with knees drawn up under his hands and robes all carefully portrayed. Size: 1.75" W x 1.55" H (4.4 cm x 3.9 cm)
The netsuke is an example of the art of everyday objects. They are small sculptures designed to be worn so that objects could be suspended from the traditional sash (obi) that wraps around the kimono. They were used to carry purses, smoking accoutrement, and inro, "seal baskets", which held seals and medicines. The netsuke, made with two holes through it, was used as a toggle to stop the cord on which those items were suspended.
Provenance: private Orange County, California, USA collection
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