Friday, March 5, 2010
TODAY'S 'WORD-A-DAY' ... NETSUKE
Today's word: NETSUKE (pronounced "net-ski"). Miniature sculptures, originating in 17th-century Japan, and produced mainly during the Edo period (1615-1868), the netsuke is a sliding toggle fastener for the "inro," a little compartmental box used for carrying small items and tobacco which dangled from ...a Japanese man's "belt" (actually a wide sash called an "obi"). Netsukes always have 2 holes (either top and bottom, or on the back) by which they were attached to the cord. Most often, netsukes were made of ivory, bone or wood. Over time, the Netsuke, like the inro, evolved from a useful object to something which is collected for its artistic value.