Sleeping Cat Netsuke

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About This Item

Netsuke were developed early in Japan's Edo period (1615-1868) as counterweights that were attached to small containers or puches 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.

Cats, which were introduced to Japan about 1500 years ago and are revered for their loyalty, are considered to have protective powers, and symbolize good luck. The Japanese Bobtail, which has a naturally short tail, are native to Japan. The ivory netsuke on which this is based, Sleeping Cat 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 inch high