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How to engage the slide show:
click on the first image on the left of the gallery below, then select the arrow at the bottom left of the enlarged image. Or you can manually go to the next slide by hovering your cursor on the middle right side then clicking the arrow that appears. Hover your cursor on the middle left side then click the arrow that appears to go backwards. Close the slide show or manual show by clicking the X button on the lower right of the image. (The image of each button is followed by an image of that button's back or reverse side.)
Acknowledgments, References and information for this category are at the bottom of this page.
An Educational Resource for Button Collectors - originally created by Paul Rice
Div. IV Section 7 : Netsuke
To download and print a pdf of the history and information about Netsuke click here.
Some descriptions of these items may be cut off. Full descriptions can be seen in the slide show mode.
Acknowledgements: Thanks to the collaborators who made examples from their collections available for the images shown on this pages. They include Sally Gibson, Lou Yeargain, Bruce Cole, Marilyn Regrut and Gloria Farin. Others who contributed reviews, comments and support include Pat Fields, Pat Koehler, Jane Perry, Sarah Carroll, Barbara Barrans, and Ronnie Wexler.
A special thanks to Joan Lindsay & Joy Journeay for their expert editing skills!
References: (1) National Button Society Blue Book - Official NBS Classification and Competition Guidelines
(2) International Netsuke Society website
(3) Netsuke Online Research Center
(4) Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Art Museum
(5) Weird Asia News webpage on Netsuke
(6) Bolton Museum and Archive Services
(7) Koryuen - Site for More Appreciation of Netsuke
(9) Aichele, Frieder and Gert Nagel. Netsuke, trans. Catherine Hutter. New York: Popular Library, 1977
Note to the Viewer:
A number of the examples shown are modern replicas that were made primarily for display rather than as a functional toggle. Several suffer in the quality of their craftsmanship and artistic design as compared to the older netsuke made for their intended use. As a result, some serious netsuke collectors will consider several of these examples less than "true netsuke."