netsuke carving I love the craftsmanship that goes into creating one of these beautiful objects. It must be so gratifying to the artist to be able to created whole new worlds out of a piece of mammoth tusk or wood.
Katabori Haruko , she was carved from a walrus tusk, her hair and make-up wired on in rose-urushi lacquer. The pattern on her kimono was done with a burning needle and walnut ink, three petals were carved from pink coral. By Natasha Popova 2008
A Wood Tonkotsu [Tobacco Box] Signed Mitsukuni, Meiji Period (late century) Inlaid in ivory and cowhorn and depicting monkeys gathering peaches, en suite netsuke carved as monkey and young and an ojime in the form of a monkey