April 17, 2004 6:22 AM   Subscribe

Thank you fo the great post! I've been in love with them ever since I saw the excellent collection of netsuke at London's Victoria & Albert Museum.
posted by of strange foe at 12:22 PM on April 17, 2004

Lovely post. Thank you.
posted by silusGROK at 12:35 PM on April 17, 2004

Thanks, nthdegx. If I were a collecting sort of person, this is what I would collect, I think. I'm especially fascinated with the pieces depicting softgoods such as the cloth (?) in this example and the wonderful wind-filled sail in this rather amazingly complex netsuke. (Also, "Bag of Grain with Mice" on this page.) I also love the just plain bizarro ones.

For anyone interested the whole arrangement, here's a clearer diagram showing the set-up: the "inro", which is the actual container used to carry items, with a lid that's kept in place by an ojime bead, both attached to a cord that has the netsuke on the other end as a counterweight.

You can see a complete "installation" here, though I think the netsuke on top would probably go upside down, so that when it hung over the obi it would be right-side up, as in this ensemble. Also, here's a page of ojime
posted by taz at 2:57 PM on April 17, 2004

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