Netsuke

Netsuke pronunciation: ˈnetso͝oˌkē net-soo-key.

In traditional Japanese dress from the 17th century, the inro box hung from the obi (belt) of a kimono, on a double cord. At the top of the cord, a large carving called a netsuke 根付 acted as a toggle to anchor the inro.   

Most of our netsuke have authentic double-holes in the base, so when strung on a necklace they will hang upside-down.  

Netsuke definition: The term or two characters in Japanese for Netsuke mean root or to attach to.

They range in size from 1½ to 2 inches: Bat Netsuke Bead: 44 x 42 x 31mm; Dragon with Babies Netsuke Bead: 35 by 51 by 24 mm; Frog on Fish Netsuke Bead: 45 by 39 by 19 mm; Rabbit Netsuke Bead: 33 by 39 by 24 mm; Turtle on Fish Netsuke Bead: 49 by 55 by 19 mm; Yoga Dragon Netsuke Bead: 46 by 40 by 45 mm; See No Evil Netsuke Bead: 43 by 27 by 22 mm; Lucky Cat Netsuke Bead: 46 by 29 by 27.5 mm; Two Fish Gong Bead: 49 by 41 by 29 mm.

Inro Handbook: Studies of Netsuke . . . by Raymond Bushell