This is an amazing mammoth ivory sculpture of two Japanese men on wooden stand. The beautiful details are awe-inspiring and as a completely hand carved figurine, the detailing is mesmerizing. Notice the figurine on the left and see how each strand of hair is clearly visible. The frown on the forehead, the dimpled chees and wrinkles under the eye are clearly visible.
Notice the standing posture of both the Japanese men. The intricately handcrafted and hand painted dress of the men showcases the skill and expertise of the Master Carver. Look at the delicate folds as they cascade and curve on the arms and knees. Craving such fall and grace of the robe is immensely difficult in a solid material like mammoth ivory. Notice the wooden branch that both the Japanese men hold in their hands.
Japanese men on wooden stand
The Master Carver has carved the buttons on the upper coat while the hand painted and etched designs lend an air of sophistication on both the men. The vase with a narrow neck and the cup is all carved from the same piece of mammoth ivory. The older man with a hair bun, mustache and beard holds a large pipe in his left hand. Notice the etchings on it.
Carved as a collectible, the netsuke held a practical purpose when the Japanese wore traditional obi and kimono but today, it has been reduced to a collectible art bead. Check the two holes at the back of each figurine. Even though mammoth ivory netsuke is small in size, the attention to detail is enormous.
Each of the two figurines are set upon a combination wooden platform that has been carved to accentuate the beauty of the netsuke set.
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