Netsuke are decoratively carved toggles originally used to counterweight a gentleman’s inro (medicine/tobacco container) from his obi (belt). They are highly detailed and carved in the round, when photographing them the angle is key.
Okimono are generally ornaments with no other use but for display in the home. In this gallery you will also find examples of Jizai Okimono which are articulated figures often made of iron or bronze and in the case of the viper at the end, wood.
These incredibly intricate models of dragons and insects can be tricky to stage and without help can appear to be sleeping. When positioned correctly they regain dynamism and life.