Netsuke for Sale         *click the photo to enlarge

If you have any enquiries, contact Fumio please. (for price enquiry, please indicate which one(s)  


Samurai Bat.        *Sold

 material: Deer Antler

 67mm / self-stand

Octopus Netsuke /    *Sold

 Materials: Deer Antler, Mother of Pearl

 165mm Length

Fugu-Cyochin / Pufferfish Lantern 

 Cyochin=Lantern is common in Japan. People sometimes make it from Fugu/Pufferfish.

 Materials: Deer Antler, Mother of Pearl, Ebony(recycled from antique Piano key)


Zashiki-Taka=Jumping Spider / Netsuke

 Materials: Wild Pig Tusk, Goat Horn

 Dyed by Yasha and Sumi Ink


*On the back side, a wing and a leg of Fly are engraved. Those represent the Spider Hunted and ate. Fumio's signature is in Gourd shaped area.


 Materials: Deer Antler, Goat Horn

Loving Sake Octopus / 呑兵衛タコ.            *Sold

 Materials: Deer Antler, Tortoise Shell, Goat Horn

 Diameters: 38mmH X 37mmW X 43mmD

 *Octopus is drinking Sake from its pottery jar and got drunk with red eyes. When we(Japanese)see a drunken man(especially who has bold head) with red face, we can call him "Yude-dako" which means "Boiled Octopus"

Snail on Lotus Leaf 2

 materials: Wild Pig Tusk, Abalone Shell, Goat Horn

 80mm in length

The inlaid Goat horn eyes for the snail are around 0.5mm(half a millimetre)


Tuatara with Dinosaur Bone #2/ Himotoshi is formed Right or Left Arm

 Material: Deer Antler, Mother of Pearl


Frog on a leaf of Bamboo Grass / Sashi Netsuke

 Material: Deer Antler, Goat Horn(frog's eye)

 115mm Length (Middle photo shows how to wear), Can be worn as a Necklace

Lightning Bug on a Leaf of Bamboo Grass / Sashi Netsuke     *Sold

 Material: Deer Antler, Gold Leaf, Tortoise Shell

 121mm Length

 The very well-known song (typical part) is carved on back side. it's like " come, come Lightning Bugs come here. Here is good sweet water there you like"

Kappa - "Drinking Alone" = "Hitori-Zake"            *Sold

 There are so many Tales, Myths, Legends of Kappa. When I visited Japan in 2019, unexpectedly I got a place is called "Kappa-no-Fuchi" that means "The deep pool where kappa lives". You might feel something like strange, weird atmosphere around there. There are no sighting reports to proof their existing these days. This Netsuke shows that a Kappa drinking alone with nostalgia and emotionally( because not many compatriots exists??)

 *Carved from Deer Antler, Tortoise Shell and Goat Horn for eyes, Paua Shell for his dish/bowl on head


 *Himotoshi is formed between left arm and leg


Raiden wondering his drum stick

 Raiden or Raijin(God of Thunder ) who makes thunder by striking his drum. This Netsuke shows the Raiden has lost his one of his drum stick(Bachi) and he is wondering where it is. The drum stick is inlayed on backside by Ebony. It's falling down from the sky.

 *Material: Deer Antler crown, Goat Horn, Ebony

 *57mm (longest part)

 *can be worn as a necklace (vertical way or side way)

Oni ni Kanabo= Oni demon holds spiky metal bat = "Almighty"

 Japanese proverb says "Oni ni Kanabo" that means "Almighty".  If you let Oni have a Metal Bat (Spiked Club), he'll be strongest, Almighty.

 *Material: Deer Antler Crown, Goat Horn

 *50mm length

Snail on Lotus Leaf

 Materials: Deer Antler, Goat Horn, Paua Shell


Spring of Life / Sashi Netsuke, Necklace      *Sold

 Materials: Deer Antler, Abalone Shell



 Materials: Tagua Nut(Vegetable Ivory), Wild Goat Horn

46mm High

Kakapo is New Zealand Native Parrot. Nocturnal. Heaviest and flightless Parrot

Crab / Netsuke         *Sold

 Materials: Deer Antler Crown, Goat Horn

 Dyed by Yasha

 Dimensions: 52mmW X 40mmH X 18mmD


Bean Pod / Sashi Netsuke, Necklace

  Material: Cow Bone

  127mm Length

Toad Netsuke

 Material: Deer Antler, Tortoise Shell 

Bird Skull Netsuke

 Material: Deer Antler / 64mm

Crab and Starfish

 Material: Deer Antler Crown, Goat Horn, Paua Shell / 48mm

Elephant Netsuke 

 Material: Deer Antler, Goat Horn
 Himotoshi is formed in between right front leg and back leg

Baby Squid / Netsuke, Necklace

  Material: Whale Bone, Paua Shell


Cuttlefish Netsuke

 Material: Deer Antler, Mother of Pearl,Goat Horn

 67mm Long

Blue Whale

 Material: Tagua Nut, Goat Horn and Deer antler stand

 Himotoshi is formed in between the body and flipper

Kakapo Netsuke    *Sold

 Material: Deer Antler Crown, Goat Horn

 *Kakapo is a NZ's native, heaviest flightless parrot


 Material: Wild Pig Tusk / 75mm Length

Crab Pincer

  Material: Cow Bone / 56mm length

Namazu earthquake fish .          

 Material: Wild Pig Tusk, Goat Horn

Thinking Frog / KanGaeru.               *Sold

 Material: Deer Antler, SheepHorn, Goat Horn

 32mm high

Fukura Suzume = Lucky Sparrow / Netsuke .   Sold*

 Material: Deer Antler, Goat Horn


Ko-Oni trying to get Drum Stick .     *Sold

 While Ko-Oni(the son of Thunder God) was playing his Dad's drum(to make a thunder), he lost a stick and is trying to get it underneath of the cloud.

 Material: Deer Antler

Dancing Octopus

 Material: Tagua Nut (Vegetable Ivory) , Tortoise Shell, Goat Horn

 49mm Length

Toad (waking up from hibernation)

 Material: Deer Antler, Gold Leaf, Tortoise Shell

 63mm Length

Kai Kani Karei / Shell, Crab and Flat fish / Netsuke

 carved from recycled antique Ivory/ one of the early works but dyed by Yasha in 2019

Wasp Pupa / Larva

 Material: Whale Tooth / 41mm

Moon Bat

 material : Wild Pig Tusk / 47mm

 The original Pig's upper jaw tusk represents Moon. Iwami type Netsuke

Giant Snail / Powelliphanta .        *Sold

 Material: Deer Antler Crown, Tortoise Shell, Goat Horn

Crab on Lotus Leaf #1 .  *Sold

 Material: Orca Tooth, Paua Shell, Goat Horn

Kama Wa Nu = I don't care            *Sold

 This is a kind of word puzzle. You could read this as "Kama Wa Nu" which means "I don't care".

There are some stories about this sign.

"Kama=Sickle" "Wa = Circle" "Nu = Letter ぬNu"

carved from Deer antler 

"Get out of here, now!"   Octopus is trying to escape from trap clay pot .       *Sold

 Traditionary in Japan, clay pots are used for commercial Octopus catching. The way started more than 1500 years ago(believed in Yayoi Era/ around AD200). In Akashi area, the octopus clay pots are still used more than 60% of Octopus catching. This Netsuke is showing the scene that the Octopus is sneaking out of the landed Clay pot.

*carved from Deer Antler

 43mm high

 inlaid goat horn eyes, dyed by Yasya

KoOni is playing with Oni(Hannya) Mask        *Sold
42mm Netsuke
carved from Deer Antler
*KoOni is a kid of Demon/Ogre and is a bit naughty, but adorable rather than scary. He is trying to pretend he is big and scary.
"Himotoshi" holes are formed in between legs
I have checked the balance when I put cord and hung Inro, that was good. 
『鬼の面で遊ぶ小鬼』 42mm 鹿角

Namazu = Earthquake Fish

 carved from Cow Bone

TIKI NETSUKE           *Sold

 Material: Deer Antler Crown, Paua Shell


 carved from recycled antique Ivory, Goat Horn

38mm length


KoOmote mask/ Netsuke, can be worn as a Necklace

 KoOmote(young lady's play mask)

 Material: Deer antler, Japanese Urushi Lacquer


Nioh / Kongo rikishi "A"gyo Netsuke

 One of the Niohs who protect the Idol of the Temple

 This is "A" Gyo who is mouth open and stands western side of the gate

 carved from Deer Antler

61mm .   *can be worn as a Necklace

Tuatara / Living Dinosaur / Netsuke, Necklace

 carved from Deer Antler

105mm length

Shakuhachi Netsuke

 carved from Deer Leg Bone

 150mm length

 you can play music, but very different note from real Bamboo Shakuhachi

Koi Carp going up the waterfall / 鯉の滝登り  *Sold

Carved from Deer Antler with Paua shell(as a water pool on top and two little ones for water drops)

Popular design in Japanese Kakejyuku (scroll) .This particular design means "success" "accomplishment". Carp is believed as the only fish who can swim up water fall and the become Dragon.


Awabi / Paua/ Abalone  with Starfish/ Syunga (adult theme) Netsuke

 carved from Deer Antler Crown


The rim of the original Antler represents Paua's Foot

"Syunga" Netsuke

Grazing Horse

 Material: Deer Antler Crown, Goat Horn(eyes)

 48mm tall


 Tagua Nut(Vegetable Ivory), Inlaid Merino sheep horn & Goat Horn eyes


Dancing Octopus 2 .           *Sold

 Tagua Nut(Vegetable Ivory), Sheep horn, Goat Horn


Hakuzosu = Fox in the disguise of a priest    

 One of the very popular Netsuke theme which I love too. This Hakuzosu alludes to the Kyogen plays "Tsurigitune" originating in the story of a priest of the Eitoku era(1381-1384) who worshiped the rice deity Inaba and was protected by three magic foxes. In the plays, a fox transforms itself into a priest and uses this disguise to warn humans of the dangers of pursuing its fellow animals. 

I carved this from Hippopotamus tooth. 80mm high.  *not available

"Day Dream" Lady Octopus  

 carved from deer antler

 Double inlaid eyes( Merino Sheep Horn and Wild Goat Horn)


Tuatara (Spiny Back) / Netsuke, Necklace  *Sold

carved from deer antler crown

inlaid eyes(wild goat horn)

73mm wide X 35mm high / available at Suter Art Gallery

Watching You! / のぞき穴 *Sold

Material: Deer Antler Crown

             Tortoise shell, Goat Horn (eyes)

             Paua Shell/ Abalone (signature)


 The idea is an octopus is hiding under the empty Paua shell and it's watching outside through a hole of abalone to find a prey.

 *can be worn as a Necklace

Gorilla Skull

 carved from Deer Antler