Netsuke for Sale         *click the photo to enlarge

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"Fields of Clouds"     Dragon swims in the Clouds

Materials: Deer Antler Crown, Buffalo Horn

Dimensions : 80mm X 65mm X 22mm

*When I got this Crown, it looked like clouds. Been thinking the design for a while, and I carved dragon which is my born year zodiac animal.


Smooth Fox Terrier

 Materials: Deer Antler, Buffalo Horn

 48mm


"HAPPY TIME" : Oni Drinks Sake

Muscular ONI is dinking Sake happily. His Left Leg is wrapped around left arm and hand.

He's got Tobacco pouch with KISERU-Zutsu(=Pipe case). On his right side, he is wearing HIOTOSHI / Hi-Hataki(Ash Tray)Netsuke with Leather Pouch which has "Hi-No-Yo-Jin" (=Precaution against Fire) written on it. Inside the pouch must have flint and steel. The last photo is comparison with real antique HIOTOSHI Netsuke which is made from Box Wood. Tobacco Pouch has MAEKANAGU (decorated Locking metal) which I used Brass to represent. 

 Materials: Deer Antler, Brass, Lignum Vitae

 46mm H

Himotoshi is formed in between right arm and leg


Oni having Moxa Treatment 

 Long Haired Oni is having Moxa (MOGUSA in Japanese) Treatment on his right leg. The Moxa is lit on fire (really hot), so he is holding it with both hands together firmly and his cheek pushing the leg with force.

Materials : Deer Antler, Bamboo Coral, Buffalo Horn

40mm H


Otafuku (Ofuku) Netsuke

 Material: Deer Antler.    36mm

Can be worn as a Necklace


Tuatara 

 Materials: Mammoth Ivory(Tusk), mother of Pearl


Karasu Tengu ~ Resting

 Sleeping/ Resting Karasu Tengu. The eyes look like narrowly open that I wanted to show his paying attention to his surroundings all the time.

*Materials: Deer Antler, Buffalo Horn (Tokin= Cap)

  43mm


Hiding Crab #3

 Materials: Deer Antler, Buffalo Horn.   83mm

*can be worn as a Necklace


Yuki-Onna / Snow Woman #2

 Materials: Deer Antler, Mother of Pearl (Eyes), Beach Stone(Base)

comes with the stand

The Snow Woman is a kind of Yokai, she appears deep in the mountain when it's heavy snow and she blows out icy cold breath and freezes the people. Mother of Pearl shell Eyes to show the cold personality.


NOZARASHI #2

 Material: Deer Antler Crown/ This antler itself had been left in a bush for a while and it's got mossy outer colour even after sanding and polishing.

 Two SOTOBA /Stupa ( often stands by grave stone ) are carved on backside. 


Raiden(raijin) looking down through the cloud

 Raiden who makes thunder by drumming his Taiko drum(on his back),  looking down through the cloud.

Materials; Deer Antler, Buffalo horn        48mm


Rashomon #2

 Small Oni is crying on the Big Oni's hand which was cut by Samurai, Watanabe no Tsuna. The Bangle is carved out from the same piece of antler and is free to move. Small Oni is holding Juzu=beads for pray.

 Material: Deer Antler      50mm


Lady Octopus

 Materials: Deer Antler, Sheep Horn, Goat Horn


Honey Bee

 Material: Boar Tusk

 72mm across, Yashabushi- Zome= Dyed by Yasha

The cracks (often get any Tusks or teeth) have been reinforced with glue 


Namazu / Japanese Earthquake Fish

 materials: Wild pig / Boar Tusk, Buffalo Horn

 It is believed in Japan that you only could catch them using Gourd (that's why I signed in the shape of gourd). Others say that just before Earthquake happens, Namazu does special movement to tell it will happen.


Octopus and a Pot      *SOLD

 36mm. 

 Materials: Deer Antler, 

*The Octopus is trying to get in a Pot. Octopus changes body colour, so I used Natural Antler Texture for it. Setting clay pots in the sea is one of traditional Japanese Octopus catching way.


Nine-Tailed Fox

102mm

Material:Deer Antler

*Nine-Tailed Fox is a kind of Yokai or mythical creatures. It appears only if the world is peace.


CRAB

 Materials: Deer Antler Crown, Buffalo Horn(eyes)

 


Kiyohime /from the story of DoJo-Ji Temple

 Kiyohime just transformed herself to Jya (or can say Evil Dragon). She is holding bell striking stick .

 Material: Deer Antler


NOZARASHI , Left in the open

Material : Deer Antler.  / 60mm widest

The body left in the open on the battle field for long time. Respecting Samurai theme.


Under the Sea

 Octopus is moving out from its shelter to check  it outside.

 Materials: Deer Antler, Mother of Peal    45mm


Japanese Shika Deer     *SOLD

 Japanese Shika(Sika) with Japanese Maple Leaf that represents October in Japan.

 Carved from Deer Antler. Buffalo horn inlaid for eyes.

53mm


Fugu / Inflated Puffer Fish           

 carved from Deer Antler, Buffalo Horn inlaid for eyes


Concentration / Frog meditating

*The frog is on meditation, but he's been interrupted by a slug on his head. He's trying to concentrate but his face tells ....

Materials: Deer Antler, Merino Sheep Horn and Goat Horn (right eye), Buffalo Horn (Left eye), Black mother of Pearl (Slug)

32mm


FUKURA-SUZUME= Lucky Sparrow

 Winter Fat Sparrow brings you good fortune

Materials; Deer Antler, Buffalo Horn


White Snake 

 Materials: Deer Antler, shell

 56mm

White Snake is believed it's the messenger of Shinto God in Japan. Special creature.


KUDARI-RYU = Dragon from the Heaven

Materials: Warthog Tusk, Mother of Pearl(eyes), Gold Leaf, Paua Shell,       105mm

NOBORI-RYU (rising to the heaven) and KUDARI-RYU are often seen as set. Once got in Heaven, then the Dragon has finished ascetic practices/training then it's turned KUDARI-RYU and coming down to the earth as God. 

can be worn as a necklace 


Giant Snail / Powelliphanta

 Materials: Deer Antler Crown, Gold Leaf, Turtle Shell, Goat Horn

 58mm

 Dyed by Yasha and Japanese Sumi ink


Kiwi 

       Materials: Deer Antler, Ebony.             41mm

 We see Birds do pick up feather or leaf, and they sometimes put it on their back. Our chicken do too. So I carved a Kiwi pick up silver fern on its back.


Ko-mori 

 Materials: tagua Nut, Goat horn

  *Ko-mori means Bat in Japanese, but I made this piece has two meanings by adding a baby bat. "Komori" means Parent embracing baby. So this Netsuke is "Ko-mori's KOMORI". (hope you understand what I mean)


“Another World” / Skeleton Netsuke *SOLD
Materials: Deer Antler, Paua shell(abalone inlaid as Sake on top of the bottle)
45mmH
*When my wife saw this, “Oh, too much drinking and died” she said. But for me, this piece is that the newcomer( to the new world) is coming to see an old friend to drink and talk together(reunion), like “I’m here, mate!”.
Lotus leaf as an umbrella. He is holding a sake cup in between his feet.

Tuatara with Dinosaur Bone

 Materials: Deer Antler, Mother of Pearl.      40mm

 Can be worn as a Necklace 


Horse

 Materials: Mammoth Tusk, Buffalo Horn

 Dimensions: 68mmH x 39mmW x 20mmThickness

*as you can see from the third photo, this horse is carved from outer side of very old Mammoth Tusk(from Alaska). I meant and tried to keep darker colour as much as I can.


Crocodile Netsuke

 Materials: Deer Antler, Buffalo Horn

 75mm


Feather

 Material: Wild Pig Tusk

 78mm, can be worn as a Necklace


TAKE-ni-TORA = Bamboo and Tiger          *Sold

Sashi Netsuke: Himotoshi is formed little bamboo branch 

Traditionally in Japan, Bamboo and Tiger are described together as best match ( like SHISHI-ni-BOTAN= Shishi lion and Peony)  

Materials; Cow Bone, Buffalo Horn.         116mm


Firefly (Lightning Bug) = Hotaru on bamboo grass leaf

 Sashi type of Netsuke. Firefly sitting on a Leaf and making its bottom glowing.

*Materials: Deer Antler, Buffalo Horn, Gold Leaf, Shell

 125mm


Elephant

 Material: Deer Antler

  Elephant is playing with a ball. Himotoshi is formed around front right leg.


Spider on Kumara Leaf

 Materials: Wild Pig Tusk, Goat Horn(inlaid Eyes).       48mm

Iwami type Netsuke


Crab at Beach at night

 The Pig Tusk represents (crescent)Moon. Paua shell represents the water. The Crab came to the beach for laying eggs.


Deep Burrower (Panope zelandica)

 Material: Deer Antler

 143mm

Sashi Netsuke or Necklace ( Holes are on the end of shell) or good for cabinet display (quite big piece)


Red Eyed Frog

 Materials: Deer Antler,  Shell


Clam Netsuke

 Material: Mammoth Tusk

 45mm(widest)


Kappa-maki (Kappa-Roll) / Sashi Netsuke

 Materials: Deer Antler, Paua Shell, Goat Horn

 114mm

If you know the Kappa-maki in a menu of Sushi, that contains cucumber in the roll. Because Kappa is told that they love cucumber, so the sushi roll is named "Kappa-maki(=roll)". This netsuke shows cucumber is rolled by Kappa.


Toad (waking up from hibernation)

 Material: Deer Antler, Gold Leaf, Tortoise Shell

 63mm Length

I put Gold Leaf underneath of Tortoise Shell as eyes. So the eyes shimmer. 


Leaping Humpback Whale

 Materials: Deer Antler, Goat Horn(eyes), Paua Shell(on bottom)

 52mm


Squid

 Materials: Deer Antler, Mother of Pearl, Goat Horn

*Can be worn as a Necklace

 104mm


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)

 40mm


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)