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,