noun (plural same or netsukes /-kēz/)
A carved buttonlike ornament, especially of ivory or wood, formerly worn in Japan to suspend articles from the sash of a kimono.
- The netsuke, with the kimono sash and a sliding bead, together formed a kind of removable hip pocket.
- The numbers of original netsuke carved in ivory and wood were about equal.
- There is a trend in connoisseurship to make the mistake of believing that a netsuke that is carved by a pupil in the style of his master and bearing his signature is in some way less powerful or inventive than one might expect from the master.
Late 19th century: from Japanese.
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