Netsukes Definition

A ‘Netsuke’ refers to miniature sculptures with a practical function that was invented in Japan in the 17th century. Traditionally, Japanese garments called robes had no pockets and containers were hung by using codes from the robes to store personal belongings. Netsukes were introduced to hold money pouch as toggles at the end of the codes. Netsuke is a miniature art work made of substances like ivory, metal, wood or porcelain with carvings and great artistic value.  
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