Here are some sold works and NFS items that Fumio has done.
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Kirin Netsuke 2020. *Not for Sale
Materials: Antique Elephant Ivory, Mother of Pearl
Dimensions: 111mmH X 43mmW X 20mm D. finished April 2020
Tuatara (Spiny Back) / Okimono, Necklace
82mm X 78mm across, 48mm high , 185g
Carved from Deer Antler Crown, Inlaid Goat Horn Eyes
*one of the NZ's Icon, Tuatara with Silver Ferns on bottom. Finished Oct 2020
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 tried. *Not for sale
Kudari-Ryu / The Messenger from the Heaven
Materials: Warthog Tusk, Goat Horn, Japanese URUSHI Lacquer
125mm. This is NOT a Netsuke. finished in 2020. *Not for Sale
Manju Netsuke. finished Sep 2020
Materials: Hippo Tooth, Maekanagu(Antique Brass Dragon for Tabaco Pouch) * Not for Sale
Baku / a Mythical Creature which devours Nightmares . *Sold
carved from Deer Antler 129mm L X 25mmW X 19mmD, inlaid Goat horn eyes
Dyed by Yasya and Japanese Sumi Ink
carved from recycled antique ivory
Happy Lucky Sparrow Couple . *Not for Sale
Material: Walnut, Goat Horn, Tortoise Shell
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.