This beautifully wood carved Japanese netsuke is representing a horse. It has a signature on the bottom of the little figurine. The carving dates back to the second half of the 20th century.
The Japanese invented the netsuke in the 17th century.
From the seventeenth through mid-nineteenth century, Japanese citizens of all classes wore the kimono- T-shaped robe which was wrapped around the body and held in place by a obi sash. In order to carry small items such as for example tobacco or medicine, the so called sagemono (hanging things) were suspended on cords that hung from the obi sash. Netsuke served as anchors or counterweights for the sagemono or the inro (nested containers).
The Japanese netsuke measures Height: 1.5 in. (3.81 cm), Width: 1.8 in. (4.58 cm), Depth: 0.8 in. (2.04 cm) and is in very good condition.
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