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In “root” and tsuke “to hang”, this turns out to be the translated ideogram, initially the Netsuke was just a root, a piece of cut wood hanging from the obi, the band that tightens the kimono.
In the 19th and 20th centuries the Netsuke became the collector’s item par excellence, all different in subject, shape and material, intriguing and striking for their patina and small miniaturized details, but above all for their tactile charge.
Not to be confused with the poor Chinese reproductions in bone or other materials, which can confuse the ideas of those approaching these objects for the first time.
Caressing, touching and looking closely at these small Japanese sculptures are necessary to be able to understand the difference in quality and appreciate the material, ivory, boxwood and horn are the most frequent.