Originally, an accessory of the Japanese women’s clothing, mammoth ivory netsukes have evolved over the centuries to become a popular collectible today. These miniature beads were toggles on a kimono but varied in themes and styles. With varied styles of mammoth ivory netsukes ranging from Katabori to Manju, the shape and themes varied as per the societal needs. Today, an assorted and alluring variety of mammoth ivory netsuke have captured the interest of art aficionados and collectors worldwide. The rare and limited antiquated ivory is much in demand as it is precious and having been sculpted into Netsuke, enhances the value considerably. Innovatively designed, handcrafted by some of the most skilled ivory carvers, each theme and design differ and is innately unique.
Mammoth Ivory Netsuke
Some of the ivory netsuke may have hints of an overtone of brown or grey, which is due to the soil minerals being absorbed by the organic ivory, lending it different hues. It is a sign of genuine and original mammoth ivory. Each mammoth ivory netsuke is carved from 100% legal and pure organic ivory, which is sourced from the Arctic permafrost in Siberia and other colder regions. Classified as high-quality mammoth ivory suitable for artistic sculptures, scrimshaws and netsukes, only the best skilled Master Carvers and experienced ivory sculptors can handle this fragile material. Carving into the piece of ivory requires precision, design outline and metal agility to maintain a steady hand while intrinsically carving such a tiny netsukes. With varying these of children, people, animals, mythical birds and dragons, trees, zodiac animals and a varying range of iconographic representation with erotic undertones are also available.
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