Benten netsuke

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Benten netsuke

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Netsuke is a carved object used in Japan in the time of kimono to attach to the obi small boxes used to store medicine, tobacco, keys, writing materials or other objects used in daily life. The netsuke, with a cord attached through two holes in the back of the bead, was passed under the obi from below and protruding over the top acted as a toggle to prevent the cord and attached boxes from slipping away. These netsuke are carved into talismans to protect the wearer.
This Netsuke depicts Benten. Benten is the only female member of the seven gods of good luck. She plays the biwa and has a snake for an attendant. Benten is an object of worship because she is most famous for marrying a snake which was eating children. Because of her marriage, she stopped his ravages and thus has been revered. She is also believed to confer upon her worshippers wisdom, eloquence, victory in war and money in abundance.
The age and material of this netsuke is unknown. Benten is 2 inches tall and 1 1/4 inches wide. She sits on carved feet. There is a small signature of 4 characters between her feet.

Product CodeBC0021
Stock Level1
ConditionUsed

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