"Sagemono and Netsuke: Evolution of Simple Utility into Art."
Join us for JASCO's August History Club as we invite Mr. Frank Kuesel, an avid collector and historian of Japanese utilitarian and art objects. He will provide a presentation about the evolution of Sagemono as simple utilitarian items into art objects of great charm and beauty, at times even reflective of the Japanese aesthetic in its highest forms. There will be an opportunity to touch and handle several of examples.
WHAT IS SAGEMONO?
-sagemono are various utilitarian items that were attached to the broad sash (obi) worn around the waist of traditional Japanese garments. Common sagemono include sectional cases or boxes used to hold medicines, money and other small objects (inro), tobacco pouches and boxes (tonkotsu), pipes and pipe cases (kiseruzutsu), and portable writing sets (yatate). Netsuke originally functioned as toggles and/or counterweights on the cords that secured sagemono to obi.
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