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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.
Playful HoundWeb.jpg
Playful HoundWeb.jpg
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 landweb.jpg
Boy on Oxon landweb.jpg
Okame Dreaming Web.jpg
Okame Dreaming Web.jpg
Yamauba and Kintaro
Yamauba and Kintaro
Hotei  Daikoku with dancing children by Gyokuyuki.jpg
Hotei Daikoku with dancing children by Gyokuyuki.jpg
Okame having an erotic dream
Okame having an erotic dream
Fukurukoju holding the Sacred JewelWeb.jpg
Fukurukoju holding the Sacred JewelWeb.jpg
Three Sages drinking Sakeweb.jpg
Three Sages drinking Sakeweb.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