Netsuke (根付?) [netsu͍ke] are miniature sculptures that were invented in 17th-century Japan to serve a practical function (the two Japanese characters ne+tsuke mean "root" and "to attach"). Traditional Japanese garments—robes called kosode and kimono—had no pockets; however, men who wore them needed a place to store their personal belongings, such as pipes, tobacco, money, seals, or medicines.
I've been looking forward to this new project... Scan an exceptional Netsuke and see what we can do! This particular Netsuke was my Dad's. And he was a recognized contemporary Netsuke carver. Pixelio 3D Scanner off Kickstarter