Chokwaro and his horse netsuke

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Chokwaro and his horse 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.
Chokwaro is one of the immortals of the Taosists. His story is this:
The Emperor had invited Chakwaro to Court to accept preistly office and the hand of a princess, but he declined these honors as he preferred a wandering life in the company of his magic horse. This animal carried Chakwaro thousands of miles a day without food. At night he shriveled up inside his master's gourd. When required the next morning, all Chakwaro had to do was to spit into the gourd and out came the horse. In this netsuke Chokwaro is depicted with his magic gourd in his right hand and stroking his tiny horse, which will soon become life size and ready for the day's journey. This story accounts for the Japanese proverb, "a pony from a gourd", meaning an surprisingly unexpected event.
The age and material of this netsuke is unknown. Chakwaro is 1 1/4 inches high at the top of his head and 2 inches long. He is carved on three sides and has a smooth, flat bottom with some sort of signature.

Product CodeBC0020
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