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Vintage hand carved boxwood bead or sculpture known as a *Netsuke. Two funky monkeys, I assume, are playing hide and seek with a jar. Highly detailed hand carving measures 2" tall, 1 and 1/2" deep and 1 and 1/4" wide. Even the bottom of the carving has depiction of the jar's base, monkey's foot and two holes for threading. See photos. Unique piece for ingenious Etsy artisans to create with or for netsuke lover collection.

*A netsuke is a hand crafted, large bead or a small sculpture used in the Japanese wardrobe. They may be carved from bone, ivory, coral, wood.

The netsuke is used to stop the cord from slipping through a japanese obi sash. This small toggle was attached to prevent slipping. The toggle is called a netsuke. (The most popular pronunciation is "net-ski", while the actual Japanese is closer to "netskeh"). A sliding bead (ojime) was strung on the cord between the netsuke and the sagemono to tighten or loosen the opening of the sagemono.

Vintage Bead Netsuke Funky Monkeys Playing with a Jar Hand Carved Sculpture Boxwood ((Free Shipping USA))


  • Vintage Supply from the 1970s
  • Material: wood
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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