Netsuke Sculptures - by Lorraine le Plastrier
Because of its derivation from a functional object, the creation of a fine netsuke poses a tremendous challenge to the artist. Designs have to be compact, without sharp or protruding edges, which would either snag a beautiful silk kimono, or break off in use. There should be openings (himotoshi) for the cord to pass through, carefully placed so the netsuke would hang attractively when worn. The netsuke should also balance when it is being displayed as a fine piece of sculpture. Netsuke should feel good when handled and should be carefully finished and be aesthetically appealing from every angle, including upside down.
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