**Originally Listed At $150**
East Asia, Japan, Meiji Period, ca. 1868 to 1912 CE. A charming boxwood netsuke in the form of a kneeling man in the act of sweeping, a three-dimensional carving that offers a glimpse into the world of everyday work - a style sometimes called "genre", referring to the desire of some netsuke carvers to depict the work of those around them. Size: 1.3" W x 1.25" H (3.3 cm x 3.2 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: ex-private Rochester, Michigan, USA collection
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