Antique japanese netsuke japanese netsuke were invented because kimonos do not have pockets it was originally a carved toggle part of a box that helped a person wearing a kimono carry personal effects it was found at the end of a cord and when the cord was pulled through the netsuke it kept the items from slipping through the sash. What is a netsuke pronounced nets keh a netsuke is a small sculptural object which has gradually developed in japan over a period of more than three hundred yearsnetsuke singular and plural initially served both functional and aesthetic purposes the traditional form of japanese dress the kimono had no pocketswomen would tuck small personal items into their sleeves but men . Originally used as practical objects japanese netsuke has become an outlet for sculptors to express their creativity and a popular collectible worldwide first discovered in 17th century japan netsuke serve as a solution to the lack of pockets in the japanese kimono. Netsuke the highly collected miniature carvings from 17th 18th and 19th century japan were originally and primarily very simple functional objects that evolved over time to the level of truly superb works of art produced by master carvers
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