This is a tiny but beautiful mammoth ivory netsuke of Japanese man drinking soup. Notice the beautiful expressions of satisfaction, as he sits comfortably on a cushion, holding a soup bowl in his left hand and stirs the soup with the right hand. Notice the traditional Oriental robes and woven sandals. Dressed traditionally with a smile on his face, it reflects the contentment that a bowl of soup provides. Look at the slightly upraised eyebrows, and lines on his forehead that gives an impression as if he just looked up for the Master Carver to carve.

Japanese man drinking soup

The most unique aspect of the netsuke of Japanese man drinking soup is that the sculpture has been carved from a single piece of mammoth ivory tusk shard. Capturing a life-like look, The Master Carver has managed to etch and carve the tiny details that bring to life a normal man going about his life. Notice the slight smirk, the dimpled cheek and the casual pose of the Japanese man drinking soup.

Sitting over a bolster, notice the rounded edge that has hand painted motifs. He rests against a bundle of logs, ensuring that he is comfortable. See the pants are tucked inside woven bamboo mat and tied at the ankle. This is a typical working man’s traditional dress, lending a rustic look to the complete sculpture. See the strapped sandals and when the sculpture is turned on its bottom, the logs of wood have two holes at the bottom.

Though netsuke provided as a bead and toggle for kimono dresses to hold on to external pockets, today netsuke are collectibles. Mammoth ivory is rare and precious and only a few Master Carvers have the skills to craft a minuscule ivory figurine or netsuke with such details.

Mammoth ivory TUSKS are absolutely legal worldwide. You can read more about Mammoth Ivory in our education Center.

Size of Legal Mammoth Ivory netsuke:

Centimeters      Inches      Height
19                          7.5

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