an ornamental button or figure of ivory, wood, etc., once used to attach a purse or other article to a kimono sash
Origin of netsukeJapanese
nounpl. netsuke or net·su·kes
A small toggle, often in the form of a carved ivory or wood figure, used to secure a purse or container suspended on a cord from the sash of a kimono.
Origin of netsukeJapanese.
(plural netsukes or netsuke)
- A small, often collectible, artistic carving characterized by an opening or two small holes (ç´é€šã— (himotÅshi)), most commonly made of wood or ivory, used as a fob at the end of a cord attached to a suspended pouch containing pens, medicines, or tobacco. Netsuke originated in feudal Japan in the late 16th and 17th centuries.
From Japanese æ ¹ä»˜ (netsuke). Literally æ ¹ (ne, “root") + ä»˜ã‘ (tsuke, “attach").