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Necklace of Four Interchangeable Netsuke Beads

1975 Jaclyn Davidson Born: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1946 cast, soldered, engraved, oxidized and buffed silver length: 16 1/2 in. (41.9 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1975.149 Not currently on view

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Netsuke (pronounced “netskeh”) were functional accessories to Japanese kimonos. A kimono did not have pockets, so the wearer carried a small box or pouch attached to a silk cord. The cord was strung through the obi (the belt-like sash of the kimono), and the netsuke provided counterweight so that the pouch could hang and be easily removed. Netsuke were often made of ivory or wood and inscribed with stories from Buddhist legends. Our Necklace translates the form to silver and creates a link between Japanese and Western traditions.


decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Metal

metal - silver

About Jaclyn Davidson

Born: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1946