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What are Ojime?

Ojime are the small companions of netsuke. They are essentially beads which slide along the two cords that run between the netsuke and the object it is suspending. The ojime slides down toward the top of the bag or lacquer box and thus stops them from accidentally opening. Ojime, like netsuke, are carved in the round, often with exquisite detail but are much smaller than netsuke with their size usually ranging from around one to just over two centimetres. In contemporary times they are often used as pendants.

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