Eternal Turtle Netsuke

c. 1900
W: 1.5" D: 1.5" H: 4.75"
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This miniature hand-carved masterpiece is a Japanese netsuke, used as a button-like toggle used to secure cords to traditional Japanese garments. The most highly prized designs were carved with elaborately detailed patterns or evocative imagery, like this stunning treasure made over a century ago during Japan's Edo period (1615-1912). This beautifully crafted netsuke depicts an anthropomorphic turtle, a favored motif of netsuke-carvers as the tortoise is a symbol of longevity, good luck, and support.

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