Netsuke Child and Turtle


Netsuke in carved boxwood representing a crouching child with a laughing face holding a turtle. The details of the hair, the folds of the garment and the shell of the turtle are delicately carved. Signed on an ivory inlay.

In Japan, the turtle (kame) is considered a symbol of wisdom, stability and luck. Tradition has it that it provides protection and 10,000 years of        happiness because of its longevity and the slowness of its movements. In Taoist belief, the turtle symbolizes the world: its shell represents the sky, while its body represents the earth.

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 : 1.4 inch – Length : 1 inch – Width : 1.2 inch