Netsuke Notes - Netsuke fastener allows you to carry around necessary items Became items that gartered a lot of attention Began to be made of precious

Netsuke Notes - Netsuke fastener allows you to carry around...

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Netsuke: fastener; allows you to carry around necessary items Became items that gartered a lot of attention Began to be made of precious materials such as ivory Edo Period, 1615-1868 1. Inro a. Little box held by netsuke b. Held small items such as In(signature stamp), and medicine 2. sumptuary laws a. Laws passed by govt and passed by varying degrees that tells how much a person is allowed to spend. b. Very rigid class system during Edo period i. Samurai ii. Peasant(80%) 1. Farmers: grew rice, was at the top 2. Artisans: lower than farmers 3. Merchants: bottom of society c. Govt prevented merchants and artisans to express their wealth, even if they were rich d. Netsuke became secretive status symbols. 3. tobacco a. arrived via Japan through Portugese b. Japanese began to smoke, smokes held inside netsuke

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