Delicate Beauties

Delicate Beauties
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Because Meiji-period netsuke were increasingly decorative rather than functional, craftsman working in fragile materials such as lacquer, ceramic, and glass, which would previously have been ill-suited to netsuke, could now contribute to netsuke production. Lacquer and ceramic artists were aware that their pieces were unlikely to be worn and used as netsuke, and the delicacy of their creations reflects this. Glassmakers also produced netsuke, although surviving examples are rare.

- Chris Drosse, LACMA, (2006)