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This sculpture is part of the Franklin Mint Curio Cabinet Cats Collection. Each of the cats in the collection represents a different style of art. This particular 2.5" long model represents the Netsuke style of 17th century Japan. A Netsuke was a decorative carved fastener for pouches and other containers hanging from the belt of a traditional Japanese garment.

part of the Franklin Mint Curio Cabinet Cats Collection

Netsuke of Three Puppies Date: 18th century Culture: Japan Medium: Ivory Dimensions: H. 7/8 in. (2.2 cm); W. 1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm)

Netsuke of Three Puppies, ivory, century, Japan - Metropolitan Museum of Art

Polychrome carved ivory netsuke in the form of a sleeping child with a puppy lying on his back, Japan

Netsuke at Auction - Asian Art at Eldred's Auction House

An Ivory Netsuke  SIGNED NOBUCHIKA, MEIJI PERIOD (LATE 19TH CENTURY)

Netsuke were used to hang everyday items from the kimono sash, similar to a carabiner on a backpack. Ivory Netsuke, signed NOBUCHIKA, dating from the Meiki period (Late century)

Netsuke of Dog  Date: 19th century Culture: Japan Medium: Ivory

Netsuke of Dog Date: century Culture: Japan Medium: Ivory

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Netsuke of rat and napping cat, ivory, by Dosho, Japsn, century

Antique Japanese Carved Ivory Rabbit Netsuke Signed

Japanese Mammoth Ivory Netsuke, Rabbit: Radish in Hands, late century, signed

netsuke  9th century Japanese  carved boxwood  2.4" high (missing, stolen)

netsuke century Japanese carved boxwood high (missing, stolen)

frog on lotus netsuke

frog on lotus netsuke, Netsuke (根付?) [netsu͍ke] are miniature sculptures from Japan to serve a practical function.

#464 Spring Song Netsuke  Boxwood, Amber, Gold Leaf by Janel Jacobson

Spring Song Netsuke Boxwood, Amber, Gold Leaf by Janel Jacobson

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