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Rabbit Pair 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 closely at the moon, you may see the rabbit who lives there. The Japanese that he is at home up there, busy making mocha, a delicious rice-based treat. The rabbit is the fourth animal in the Chinese zodiac. The ivory netsuke on which this is based, Rabbit Pair by Kaigyokusai Masatsugu (Japan, 1813-1892) 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. 1.25 inches high