Contemporary wood-carved Netsuke

Presenting works by contemporary carvers and artisans of the netsuke. 12 Feb to 14 Mar 2021

Contemporary wood-carved Netsuke
Image credit: Zanmai Onosato | A Tengu’s nose (detail) | 2017 | boxwood | 6.2 x 3.1 x 2.8cm | Courtesy of The Japan Foundation, Sydney

Contemporary Wood-Carved Netsuke is an innovative travelling Japanese craft exhibition co-presented by The Japan Foundation, Sydney, and the Consulate General of Japan in Brisbane.

The show presents works by contemporary carvers and artisans of the netsuke - a traditional Japanese non-slip toggle used to secure small personal items such as money pouches and inro (medicine containers), which is worn suspended from the obi (a sash worn with the kimono).

What began as functional pieces when the kimono culture flourished during the Edo period (1603 -1868), the netsuke gained international acclaim for their remarkably detailed carvings.

The exhibition allows gallery visitors to appreciate the sophisticated skills and playful minds behind contemporary artists such as Izumi Kato.

LocationDate and Time
Caloundra Regional GalleryFriday 12 February to Sunday 14 March