Netsuke for Sale

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


*Antique Netsuke from Fumio's collection for sale click "Here

Baku / a Mythical Creature which devours Nightmares

 carved from Deer Antler 129mm L X 25mmW X 19mmD,  inlaid Goat horn eyes

 Dyed by Yasya and Japanese Sumi Ink

Feather.       *sold

 Material: Wild Pig Tusk / 80mm Length

Crab Pincer

  Material: Cow Bone / 56mm length

Namazu earthquake fish

 Material: Wild Pig Tusk

Bat / Ko-Netsuke(small Netsuke)        *Sold

 Material: Whale Tooth, Goat Horn

 19mm high

 Himotoshi hole is formed between wings and tail

Thinking Frog / KanGaeru

 Material: Deer Antler, SheepHorn, Goat Horn

 32mm high

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

Mischievous Ko-Oni            *Sold

 same story of above. But he is on a big Taiko-Drum. 

 Nails for Drum skins (Taiko Byo) are inlaid Goat Horns

 Material: Deer Antler .         33mm tall

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

Cuttlefish Netsuke .  *Available at Gallery Pacific

 Material: Cow Bone, Mother of Pearl

Cuttlefish Netsuke #2.      *sold

 Material: Cow Bone, Paua Shell(Abalone)


Crab on Lotus Leaf #1 .  *Sold

 Material: Orca Tooth, Paua Shell, Goat Horn

Lucky Fantail

 carved from Deer Antler

Kama Wa Nu = I don't care

 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 

Fujin / God of the Wind .   *Sold

 Fujin is collecting the power wind to his bag. There is a Fan (Uchiwa) on the other side which has 風(Wind) character on it. The Fan is for blowing out the wind. He also sucked a Ko-Oni demon on his bag which you see on top of the bag.

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

Crab #2

 Deer Antler Crown, Goat Horn


Namazu = Earthquake Fish

 carved from Cow Bone

TIKI NETSUKE           *Sold

 Material: Deer Antler Crown, Paua Shell

Octopus catches fish          *Sold

 carved from deer antler with mother of black pearl for eyes which glint


Octopus .           *Sold

 carved from deer antler, mother of pearl



 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

Crab on Lotus Leaf #2 .      *Sold


 Material: Whale Tooth, Paua/abalone shell, Goat Horn

 60mm long

Prawn               *Sold

Carved from Deer Antler Crown, Goat Horn for Eyes

Shrimp .        *Sold

 Material: Deer Antler Crown, Goat Horn

54mm diameter

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

Kiyohime / Dojoji Netsuke .  *Sold


Grazing Horse

 Material: Deer Antler Crown, Goat Horn(eyes)

 48mm tall

Sperm Whale VS Giant Squid

 Material: Deer Antler, Goat Horn, Tortoise shell(red eyes)

 43mm wide X 40mm hight

 I used unique natural shape of antler to carve a squid and Whale.

 *nice to ware as a necklace 

Tuatara (survivor from dinosaur age) clinging on a Stone    *Sold . similar one is available

  Deer Antler, Wild Goat Horn

  36mm High

*can be worn as a Necklace

Oni yarai=Setsubun Festival(on the eve of the lunar spring)

Oni Demon is running away from the beans which were pelted by people in the Setsubun Festival

Material: Deer Antler Crown with Goat horn(eyes)

            Lignum Vitae for a Bean

Dyed with Yashabushi

48mm .         *Not Available


 Tagua Nut(Vegetable Ivory), Wild Goat Horn

46mm High

New Zealand Native Parrot. Nocturnal. Heaviest and flightless Parrot


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


Octopus Manju Netsuke      *Sold

 Deer Antler Crown, 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 *Available at Gallery Pacific

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

Blue Whale / Sperm Whale Tooth, Goat Horn for eyes  *Sold

 68.6mm long 

I used the natural shape of the whole whale tooth. So the whale looks more lively.

Kaeru / Frog *Sold

 Boxwood, Goat Horn .  *The Boxwood's grown in Nelson Region


Weta belong to the same order as crickets and grasshoppers, but are virtually unchanged from their ancestors of 190 million years ago(more ancient than Tuatara). One of New Zealand's most fascinating and significant animals.

Carved from Deer Antler Crown

Eyes inlaid by Goat Horn 

46mm L      *Sold

Elephant Netsuke 
 Material: Deer Antler, Goat Horn