Asian and Ethnic arts by Terrill C. Smith
Two mice in a pumpkin rosewood netsuke

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Terrill C. Smith
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Oakland, CA 94602

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Two mice in a pumpkin rosewood netsuke
The Chinese started handcarving reproductions of expensive antique Japanese netsukes a few decades ago. I was able to hand pick from these early carvings the best. This beautiful netsuke is rose wood, it is quite dark so I lightened my images to show details. It is almost black in color and a very hard wood that is very difficult to carve with the wonderful details seen with this one. It has a bone inset with artist signature. It is 1 1/2" tall and well rounded as where the originals so they could be worn without catching on the Samurias elaborate dress. Much finer quality than the new less expensive offerings you may see online today.

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