Here we are, on the second day of Christmas, and this gorgeous Japanese netsuke is our turtle dove:
This netsuke is in the form of a dove, but a netsuke can take many forms. The netsuke was a miniature carved toggle invented in Japan in the seventeenth century. They were a necessary accessory for wearers of the traditional Japanese Kimono, which has no pockets; instead the wearer would attach a small sagemono (pouch), which would hold their belongings, to their robe using the netsuke. However the use of netsuke moved beyond mere necessity, becoming objects of great craftsmanship, art and expression, as you can see with our gorgeous bird.