A gorgeous, well carved boxwood netsuke of a geisha lady fan dancing, made from solid boxwood, cord holes at the rear and signature of the artisan who created it on her dress tails. Noted is a slight crack on her right leg underneath and the right side shoulder of her dress. Antique Japanese Netsuke. Japanese netsuke were invented because kimonos do not have pockets; it was originally a carved toggle part of a box that helped a person wearing a kimono carry personal effects. It was found at the end of a cord, and when the cord was pulled through the netsuke, it kept the items from slipping through the sash.
The most unique aspect of the mammoth ivory netsuke of geisha is the bottom part. See how the feet have been carved separately, one step after another while the robe ends have been hand-painted. Don’t miss the bamboo leaves close to the feet as the robes collects on the ground. Examine the figurine to see what it represents: for example, a samurai, a farmer, a geisha, or an animal. Note the material that it is made of. Measure the height of the piece. A very small wood or ivory piece might be a netsuke; if it is, it will have two holes through which a sash cord could be passed.
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