- (in Japanese art) a small figure of ivory, wood, metal, or ceramic, originally used as a buttonlike fixture on a man's sash, from which small personal belongings were hung.
Origin of netsuke
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Historical Examples of netsuke
The netsuke has, of course, no place in this form of the tabako-ire.The Life and Letters of Lafcadio Hearn, Volume 2
In order to suspend this from the girdle there was employed a kind of button or toggle—the netsuke.
The netsuke and the pipe, with all that pertained to it, were for the commoners what the sword-hilt and guard were for the gentry.
- (in Japan) a carved toggle, esp of wood or ivory, originally used to tether a medicine box, purse, etc, worn dangling from the waist