A netsuke katabori hand-carved out of boxwood, this item depicts a skull and crossbones with a sword impaled through the skull. It's a wonderful mix of pirate motif with ancient Japanese art form. Each piece is signed by the artist and stands about 2.5" inches high. They weigh less than one ounce.
What is a netsuke?
Traditional Japanese garb was void of pockets, so people carried pouches and boxes on their person to accommodate their portables. Netsuke (pronounced “net-ski” or “net-skeh”) were little toggles that had cord run through them to fasten the pouches and boxes shut. Since Japan had strict controls over self-expression, netsuke were often the way that people expressed themselves and historically there are models depicting the entire range of nature, family, industry, and philosophy. Netsuke were most popular during the Edo Period (1615-1868).
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