Ivory netsuke representing a bamboo shoot (takenoko).
Netsuke constitute the major part of Japanese ivory of great quality. Since the Japanese costume (kimono) had no pockets, the objects were passed under the belt and the netsuke, held by a cord, was used to hold them.
Japan – Meiji Era (1868-1912)
Length : 6,8 cm (2,7 inch) – Width : 1,9 cm (0,7 inch)