Netsuke Listed As Asian Antiques
Netsuke are some of the most interesting and remarkable objects created in Japan. These toggles were attached to the cord of sagemono such as inro, money pouch, pipe case and tobacco pouch, and the yatate or brush case. They helped to keep the sagemono securely suspended from the obi worn with a kimono.
Netsuke were not restricted to use with inro, but some of the best examples of netsuke were made for that purpose -- the inro being incomplete without its himo (cord), ojime (bead), and netsuke.