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Five Dragon Group Netsuke

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Netsuke were developed early in Japan's Edo period (1615-1868) as counterweights that were attached to small containers or pouches that hung from a man's kimono sash. Over time, netsuke evolved into an art form where increasingly detailed and sophisticated examples reflected the wealth, social status, and taste of the wearer.
If you'd like to know where a dragon comes from, count his toes. Three-toed dragons, like these, are Japanese and said to live in bodies of water. The dragon is the fifth animal in the Chinese zodiac. The ivory netsuke on which this is based, Five Dragon Group by Ikkosai (Salto Itaro, Japan, 1805-1876) is in the Raymond and Frances Bushell collection at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Each one comes packaged in a velvet bag, gift box and the descriptive story card explaining the symbolic and historical significance of the Netsuke.

• Reproduction hand-painted polymer
• Approx. 1.75 inches long