OldKappa wrote:Sorry if I offend you...but is it a netsuke? It wouldn't hang properly when the cord is taut.
Actually you bring up some good questions, OldKappa. Firstly, what is the definition of a 'netsuke'? Here is the definition from our glossary:
Are they always sculptural objects or cultural artifacts or toggles? I don't think so. Is a tall figural object with two holes that we have no evidence of ever being used as a netsuke really a netsuke? A better description of these would be an okimono with himotoshi. Do sashi or obihasami netsuke act as a toggle? The answer would be no, but they accomplish the same mechanical function.
The second would be how katabori netsuke 'hang from the sash properly'. Does anyone have some edo period documentation on how these netsuke are supposed to be 'worn' or how they are supposed to be 'hung properly'? Or were all of these 'rules' concocted by modern day collectors? Where is the research and documentation?
Just a few thoughts.