Adjective "netsuke" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A carved button-like ornament, especially of ivory or wood, formerly worn in Japan to suspend articles from the sash of a kimono.
  1. 'The earliest netsuke were carved in Osaka and Kyoto, but in the late eighteenth century many were made in Edo and in other sophisticated regions of Japan.'
  2. 'The channel or hole carved into the netsuke for the passage of the cord is called the himotoshi.'
  3. 'The netsuke, with the kimono sash and a sliding bead, together formed a kind of removable hip pocket.'
  4. 'Many netsuke were carved and signed by famous artists.'
  5. 'There is a trend in connoisseurship to make the mistake of believing that a netsuke that is carved by a pupil in the style of his master and bearing his signature is in some way less powerful or inventive than one might expect from the master.'
  6. 'The situation reminds of other art items like netsuke or tsuba in the 50s when these items where collected only by a small minority.'
  7. 'The old netsuke, those made in the golden age between the late 18th century and the middle of the 19th, show over a century of natural aging and wear to their surfaces.'

More definitions

1. (in Japanese art) a small figure of ivory, wood, metal, or ceramic, originally used as a buttonlike fixture on a man's sash, from which small personal belongings were hung.

More examples(as adjective)

"miniatures can be netsuke."


Late 19th century: from Japanese.