Carved boxwood netsuke and ivory inlay depicting a man with a laughing face dressed in a kimono and carrying a closed fan. The details of the hair, the folds of the kimono and the sandals are delicately carved.

Miniature figurine, often carved in wood, lacquer or ivory, the netsuke (根付) is a traditional Japanese item of clothing. As kimono do not have pockets, everyday objects are transported in little boxes called sagemono. The netsuke hold firmly inrō’s string, or other types of sagemono, slipped into the obi, the belt which closes the kimono. The production of netsuke flourishes during the Edo period.


Japan – Meiji era (1868 – 1912)

Height : 1.8 inch – Length : 1 inch – Width : 0.8 inch