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Netsuke and Diminutive Carvings from Japan

  • Thursday, September 26, 2013
  • 5:00 PM (EDT)
  • Sunday, December 08, 2013
  • (EST)
  • The Mini-Time Machine - A Museum of Miniatures
*The INS recommends this exhibition for young students and children.

Netsuke and Diminutive Carvings from Japan
Traditional Japanese garments did not have pockets, so netsuke were created as a toggle of sorts to secure a man’s pouch or inro (small box of three to five compartments) in place on the obi (belt) of his kimono. Walnut-size and elaborately carved of ivory, wood, ceramics and metal, the diminutive netsuke soon became a marker of wealth in a strict hierarchical society.

It is hard to imagine that the intricately carved netsuke were not originally designed solely as miniature sculpture. Prized and loved long after the utilitarian purpose grew obsolete, today’s netsuke are created and collected for their magnificent design and awesome carving.

Opening Reception
September 26, 2013 5pm-7pm

Join us for an opening reception and refreshments on Thursday, September 26, 2013 from 5pm-7pm. This reception is open to the public and included with general admission or free for members.

The International Netsuke Society is vehemently opposed to the trafficking, trade or commerce of illegal ivory, horn or any other illegal material. We support and comply with all international laws and regulations, including but not limited to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), the Endangered Species Act, and the African Elephant Conservation Act.