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MY NETSUKE & OKIMONO COLLECTION

Netsuke (pronounced "NETS KAY")are tiny Japanese carvings inthe round which were used by Japanese gentlemen as the toggle to attach small pouches etc to their Kimono belts. Kimonos did not have pockets.
These small carvings cover a multitude of subjects and materials and are approximately 2"(5cm) in size.
They can be inexpensive(now mass produced as reproductions) or very expensive for rare ones.(An 18th Century wooden mandarin duck by Masanao sold at Sotherby's in 1984 for 48400- the then cost of a house in the UK!!)
Okimono are larger than netsuke and are self standing tho still carved in the round. These are usually quite expensive in the range 100+ to 5000+. My favourites are the old ivory Okimono.
Dozing Sarumawashi . A very old netsuke circa 1800.
Dozing Sarumawashi . A very old netsuke circa 1800.
Playful HoundWeb.jpg
Playful HoundWeb.jpg
Sarumawashi with Saru 1780
Sarumawashi with Saru 1780
Benkei on a Conch
Benkei on a Conch
Old SarumawashiWeb.jpg
Old SarumawashiWeb.jpg
Senin Handaka Sonja releasing his DragonWeb.jpg
Senin Handaka Sonja releasing his DragonWeb.jpg
Ashinaga  Tenaga with Octopus.jpg
Ashinaga Tenaga with Octopus.jpg
Boy on Oxon.jpg
Boy on Oxon.jpg
Okame Dreaming Web.jpg
Okame Dreaming Web.jpg
Yamauba and Kintaro
Yamauba and Kintaro
Gama Sennin with his Toads.jpg
Gama Sennin with his Toads.jpg
Oni being nipped in his tender partsWeb.jpg
Oni being nipped in his tender partsWeb.jpg
Three Sages drinking Sakeweb.jpg
Three Sages drinking Sakeweb.jpg
Shoki fanning OniWeb.jpg
Shoki fanning OniWeb.jpg
Oni stealing Shokis helmeWebt.jpg
Oni stealing Shokis helmeWebt.jpg
Daikoku with Disappearing Ratweb.jpeg
Daikoku with Disappearing Ratweb.jpeg
Karako sniffing Hoteis noxious gassesweb.jpeg
Karako sniffing Hoteis noxious gassesweb.jpeg
Okame Sleepingweb.jpeg
Okame Sleepingweb.jpeg
Sumo Wrestlers by Wes Thorpeweb.jpeg
Sumo Wrestlers by Wes Thorpeweb.jpeg
Tiger by Wes Thorpeweb.jpeg
Tiger by Wes Thorpeweb.jpeg
Gen Kanu on his Steed
Gen Kanu on his Steed
Female Moi.JPG
Female Moi.JPG
Dutchman by YoshiukiWeb.jpg
Dutchman by YoshiukiWeb.jpg
INS Publication 2014- Wes Tengu MaskWeb.jpg
INS Publication 2014- Wes Tengu MaskWeb.jpg
Karasu Tengu MaskWeb.jpg
Karasu Tengu MaskWeb.jpg
Eagle steals the pearl of wisdomWeb.jpg
Eagle steals the pearl of wisdomWeb.jpg
Tribute to Mangs BakuWeb.jpg
Tribute to Mangs BakuWeb.jpg
Kingfisher with fishWeb.jpg
Kingfisher with fishWeb.jpg
Tongue cut SparrowWeb.jpg
Tongue cut SparrowWeb.jpg
Okame having an erotic dream
Okame having an erotic dream
Fukurukoju holding the Sacred JewelWeb.jpg
Fukurukoju holding the Sacred JewelWeb.jpg
Hotei  Daikoku with dancing children by Gyokuyuki.jpg
Hotei Daikoku with dancing children by Gyokuyuki.jpg
Monju Bosatsu  KarashishiWeb.jpg
Monju Bosatsu KarashishiWeb.jpg
Falconer with Falcon  Fledging.jpg
Falconer with Falcon Fledging.jpg
Street Performer.jpg
Street Performer.jpg
Fisherman  Son.jpg
Fisherman Son.jpg
Hotei with Bat in Hand.jpg
Hotei with Bat in Hand.jpg
Gardiner with Potted Plant.jpg
Gardiner with Potted Plant.jpg
Fukurokuju  Okame.jpg
Fukurokuju Okame.jpg
Geisha with Shamisen.jpg
Geisha with Shamisen.jpg
Mother  Child.jpg
Mother Child.jpg
The Monkey Trainer.jpg
The Monkey Trainer.jpg
Itinerant Blind Monks.jpg
Itinerant Blind Monks.jpg
Hunter with Lure Bird.jpg
Hunter with Lure Bird.jpg
Butterfly Boy.jpg
Butterfly Boy.jpg
The Lizard Catcher.jpg
The Lizard Catcher.jpg
Bijin on Chrysanthemum Base.jpg
Bijin on Chrysanthemum Base.jpg
Momotaro Peach Boy  Child.jpg
Momotaro Peach Boy Child.jpg
Bijin with Magnolia.jpg
Bijin with Magnolia.jpg
Hotei  Children.jpg
Hotei Children.jpg
Fisherman about to disembowel a fish.jpg
Fisherman about to disembowel a fish.jpg
Fisherman trying to cosh a Salmon.jpg
Fisherman trying to cosh a Salmon.jpg
Foxy Doxy.jpg
Foxy Doxy.jpg
Ship Ahoy
Ship Ahoy
Godess Kannon
Godess Kannon
Fukurokuju  12Wood.jpg
Fukurokuju 12"Wood.jpg
African Girl - Head Study in Ivory with a Pink Ivory Base .jpg
African Girl - Head Study in Ivory with a Pink Ivory Base .jpg
The Bamboo Seller
The Bamboo Seller
The Monkey Trainer
The Monkey Trainer
Camel attacking saddleWeb.jpg
Camel attacking saddleWeb.jpg
Horse neighing to the MoonWeb.jpg
Horse neighing to the MoonWeb.jpg
Lady on elephanwebt.jpg
Lady on elephanwebt.jpg
Monju Bosatsu  KarashishiWeb.jpg
Monju Bosatsu KarashishiWeb.jpg
Benkei blowing his conch in Hippo tooth Ivoryweb.jpg
Benkei blowing his conch in Hippo tooth Ivoryweb.jpg
Ram  Kid in Hippo Tooth IvoryWeb.jpg
Ram Kid in Hippo Tooth IvoryWeb.jpg
Rhino with baby- antique Ivory- one pieceweb.jpg
Rhino with baby- antique Ivory- one pieceweb.jpg
IMG_0156Web.jpg
IMG_0156Web.jpg
The Mysore Maneater- 4 ViewsWeb.jpeg
The Mysore Maneater- 4 ViewsWeb.jpeg
Tengu Sipping SakeWeb.jpg
Tengu Sipping SakeWeb.jpg