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Netsuke, toggle of wood

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made in Japan

Netsuke, toggle of wood
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This netsuke is made of wood carved into a curled up rat. A netsuke is used to fasten an inro, a small lacquered container, which hung from the sash of a man's kimono. They became miniature art forms in their own right.

This wooden netsuke of a curled up rat would work very well as the rat is curled into a ball like shape which would fit against the body very nicely. The himetoshi, holes for passing the cord through are just visible here between the rats paws.

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