Netsuke, Speak-no-evil Monkey


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  • Hand-carved boxwood beads inspired by antique Japanese netsuke
  • Hear-no-evil Monkey 43mm tall
  • Netsuke have unusually placed holes because of the way the function, but being wood, these can be redrilled as desired.
  • Netsuke are handcrafted specialty beads, which originated in Japan as early as the 16th century. They embody the Japanese principle that what is useful should also be beautiful. Because Kimonos have no pockets, both women and men carried necessities in small sliding boxes, called Inro, that were worn suspended from their obis (belts).  Netsuke secured the cord that kept the sliding boxes from opening until the owner was ready to remove something.