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Monday, January 28, 2013

My netsuke



I was sweeping the bedroom tonight and noticed the faux netsuke on my dresser. My sister gave it to me long ago. Wikipedia says of the real ones ...

Netsuke (根付?) are miniature sculptures that were invented in 17th-century Japan to serve a practical function (the two Japanese characters ne+tsuke mean "root" and "to attach"). Traditional Japanese garments—robes called kosode and kimono—had no pockets; however, men who wore them needed a place to store their personal belongings, such as pipes, tobacco, money, seals, or medicines .... the most popular were beautifully crafted boxes ...

Mine is just made of some kind of resiny stuff, not ivory. If you enlarge the photo, you can see it has mice and strawberries on the top (and sides too). Inside I have some of my cat Kermit's fur and a couple of whiskers.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Dyan said...

Awwww, that's sweet that you kept some of Kermit's fur and whiskers. When we had to put our little dog to sleep our daughter was very upset and the vet cut a piece of his tail for her. She still takes it out to reminisce once in awhile.

8:52 AM  
Blogger crystal said...

Oh, I'm glad it;s not only me who does that :)

11:03 AM  
Anonymous Victor said...

Was I dreaming crystal but didn't ya tell me that you had another cat?

When I saw the mouse, I did wonder if Kermit had seen them?

Hugs

6:23 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

Hi Victor,

No, I haven't gotten another cat since Kermit died. She did see the mice on the box, though :)

7:57 PM  
Anonymous Victor said...

Thanks for setting me on the straight and narrow crystal.

Those dreams of mine might become the death of me, myself and i someday. :)

Hugs

11:00 AM  

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