I just saw very tiny sculptures from Boing Boing called Netsuke. Netsuke (ne+tsuke mean “root” and “to atatach”) which are very tiny sculptures starting in the 17th century in Japan, were attached to traditional robes. They used as Inro, which are cases for holding small objects. See all the Netsuke photos pool at flickr.

Netsuke Sculptures
Netsuke Collection by eNil

Netsuke Calender Ball
NetSuke Calender Ball by eNil
Netsuke Naked Woman
NetSuke Naked Lady by eNil

via: Boing Boing

5 Responses

  • very detailing arts.

    Y3 LW!N OO on March 23, 2008
  • Please would you attribute my photographic work for the Netsuke on Flickr rather than just link the them.
    Kindly read the terms of my profile and the Creative Commons copyright license attached to my work where you will find that a link, in itself, is NOT attribution.
    It is generally considered polite to seek permission to use others work and informing them where it is to be used.

    Kind regards,

    Neil O’Halloran

    eNil on April 8, 2008
  • eNil

    I already updated. Thank for reminding me.

    Myo Kyaw Htun on April 9, 2008
  • It’s great that you’ve found out about netsuke. They’re pretty cool! I’ve been a netsuke enthusiast for a long time, and finally decided to dedicate a website to this art form, World of Netsuke. I also started a companion lens about netsuke on Squidoo – you’re invited to visit both!

    SilverLotus on May 13, 2008
  • thanks for a great and informative post! the detail and amount of time and effort that goes into making a single netsuke piece is truly stunning. i’m a huge netsuke nerd and collector (if you want, you can see my pieces for sale on antiquespider) and am glad to see people spread the word about this amazing artform!


    asb on June 15, 2009