The Netsuke (“ne” wood, “tsuke” button) are miniature sculptures, rich of details, born originally in China and then become famous in oriental culture, especially in Japan, since the 17th century. The materials used to create these little accessories could be different: from wood, ivory to porcelain and metals.
Both fashion and symbolism accessories
Netsuke, born with practical purposes, were used by Japanese people to hook their personal stuff to their kimono (traditionally without pockets) but with the arrival of American culture in Japan these objects had gradually assumed a more symbolic and status function, as well as a particular collector’s market.
The collection at the Poldi Pezzoli Museum
The Poldi Pezzoli Museum, a few steps from our Grand Hotel et de Milan, hosts one of the rarest Netsuke exhibitions, for a total of four hundred unique pieces, belonging in the past to the private collector Giacinto Ugo Lanfranchi. This is an atypical exhibition, which you should dedicate some time during your next visit to the Poldi Pezzoli Museum.
Closing day: Tuesday
Opening hours: from Wednesday to Monday: from 10,00 AM to 13,00 PM and from 02:00 to 06:00 PM.
https://museopoldipezzoli.it/visita-il-museo/ | @poldipezzoli