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These pieces are all carved by Fumio.
Kirin . *Not For Sale
Material : Deer Antler, Goat Horn
Ama(pearl and abalone diver) with Cuttlefish
carved from Hippopotamus tooth with mother of pearl and goat horn inlay
I had a piece of hippo tooth and wanted to make something nice. I looked at the well known Netsuke and loved it, so I carved. *Not for sale
Hakuzosu Carved from Hippo Tooth . *Sold
carved from Deer Antler Crown
Tortoise shell + Mountain Goat horn for eyes
Mouse and Rabbit
material: Deer Antler
Tortoise shell with red ink (rabbit eyes)
Mountain Goat Horn (mouse eyes)
*Playful mouse and rabbit in round form.
Can be worn as a Necklace.*sold
Kyubi no Kitsune / Nine tailed Fox *Sold
Ghost like disguised Fox which has nine tails(from Japanese Legend). The Fox was wanted from the people, so it ran away to Shimotsuke-no-Kuni and then turned Stone.The stone turns ghost each night and annoyed the people. The stone is still there in 21st century. (I went there to have a look in 2016)
The carving shows the Fox is flying to Shimotsuke-no-kuni with Gyoku-stone(which is actually I used Yellow Crystal which I bought in a stone museum near the Fox Stone)
Clinging on a stone (Tuatara in rounded form)
carved from deer antler, Goat horn inlaid for eyes
36mm Nice and small piece. You can ware as a Necklace too. Under arm's gap is for Himotoshi. sold
Octopus / Tagua Nut, Double inlaid Merino Sheep Horn and Cow Horn eyes
53.6mm long *Sold
Love Affair / 逢瀬（おうせ）*Sold
Deer Antler Crown
This is my first piece of "Syun-Ga" Netsuke.
Toad / Gama . *Sold
Carved from Deer Antler, Tortoise shell (from antique Japanese hair pin)/ Gold Leaf underneath of shell (I tried to shows the dazzling light after hibernation)
Frog with red tortoise shell eyes
carved from deer antler crown
Deer Antler, Merino Sheep Horn, Goat Horn *Sold
Deer Antler, Tortoise Shell, Goat Horn 125mm
carved from deer antler, eyes=Tortoise shell colored by ink from backside / 120mm L *sold
Shakuhachi (Japanese Bamboo Flute) Netsuke
167mm Long Carved from Chamois Bone
Can be played Sold
Sleeping Cat / Nemuri Neko . Netsuke *Sold
carved from Deer Antler Crown
Squid Netsuke . *Sold
carved from Deer Antler with Mother of (Black) Pearl
*can be worn as a Necklace
What is NETSUKE ?
Netsuke is a toggle, acting as a catch on the sash of a Kimono.
A Netsuke is a small sculptual object which has gradually developed in Japan over a period of four hundred years.Netsuke(singular or plural) initially served both functional and aesthetic purposes. The traditional form of Japanse dress, the Kimono, had no pokets. Men suspended thier tabacco pouches, pipes, purses, writing implements and other items of daily use on a silk cord passed behind their obi(sash). These hanging objects are called sagemono. The Netsukewas attached to other end of the cord preventing the cord from slipping through the obi.
In general, the Netsuke has the following physical characteristics or requirements:
*To serve as a toggle attached to hanging objects (called Sagemono), it has a hole or a channel (himotoshi) to put the cord through.
*To be worn as an accessory or held in hands, it doesn’t (or shouldn’t) have parts that can easily be broken or might catch the garment.
*To be worn at the waist, it is comparatively small. It is generally about as large as you can hold in your hand, but it could be a bit smaller or larger than that.