• Bone Okimono

    Okimono

    An okimono may be a small Japanese carving, similar to, but larger than netsuke. Unlike netsuke, which have a specific purpose, okimono are purely decorative and are displayed in the tokonoma. An okimono can be made out of wood, ivory, ceramic or metal.

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  • Contemporary netsuke, fish, miniature sculpture

    Netsuke- Contemporary


    Contemporary netsuke, miniature sculptures from craftsman who produce  extraordinary detail with exemplary skill. A continuation of the 17th century Japanese tradition of imbuing a functional pouch toggle with artistic expression to create a collectible item.

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  • Ojime bead

    Ojime

    An ojime, "cord fastener" is a bead used in Japanese inrō (carrying cases). It is typically under an inch in length. Each is carved into a particular shape and image, similar to the netsuke, though smaller. It is used to fasten the cord of the inrō so that it does not unstack while carried.

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  • Inro, showing open sectors
    Inro, showing open sectors

    INRO

    An "Inro" is a traditional Japanese case for holding small objects, suspended from the obi (sash) worn around the waist when wearing a kimono. They are often highly decorated with various materials such as lacquer and various techniques such as maki-e, and are more decorative than other Japanese lacquerware.

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We have had on and off website problems since our website and server were hacked. All efforts were made with help from friends in the industry, but in the end it was just not tenable to eradicate the problems. The decision was made to build a new site where you find yourself today. We will be uploading as much as we can in the coming weeks and months. This will include a large collection of netsuke from a private individual. It won’t all be seamless and any constructive criticism is welcome just let me know