Ne “root” and tsuke “attach“: this is the translation of the two Japanese characters which compose the word. At first, Netsuke was a root or a piece of cut wood hung by strings from the sashes of a Kimono (obi).
In the 19th and 20th centuries, Netsuke evolved into collectibles par excellence; of different subjects, shapes and material, they catch our attention for the lacquer and the miniature details, but most of all for the feeling to the touch.
Low-quality Chinese reproduction in bone or other materials can confuse those who approach these objects for the first time.
Observing, touching them and then taking them in one’s hands are all necessary steps to grasp the difference in quality and appreciate the material they are made of, most frequently ivory, boxwood and horn.