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  The Netsuke started out as a simple piece of bone or wood attached to a string and used for hanging items such as pill bottles,  writing utensils from the Obi ( cloth belt of the Kimono ).   Over a period of time beginning in the early Edo Period,  they evolved into an ART FORM of their own.    Many skilled carvers of wood,  ivory,  bone, etc. participated in carving Netsuke.  The great interest in Netsuke evolved as a direct result of Tobacco being introduced to Japan from the WEST.

They were used to hang the pipe,  pipe case,  and tobacco pouch from the Obi for easy access.
ITEM  #  1   An Ivory Netsuke in the form of a Walnut carved with a bird among Chrysanthemums , signed ( illegible ) on the bottom and attached to a wooden tobacco pouch.  A very old Netsuke.    PRICE :  $ 300.00 US plus shipping.
Item  #  2    An Ivory Netsuke depicting a peasant lifting a chicken off her nest.  Edo Period.      PRICE :  $ 250.00 US plus shipping.   
ITEM #  3   A Porcelain Netsuke of the Goddess OKAME ( Goddess of Happiness ).    Porcelain Netsuke are very rare as they are easily broken.  Quite Rare Netsuke. Edo Period.   PRICE :  $  400.00 US plus shipping.
ITEM #  4  An Ivory figure of Ebiso ( God of Fisheries ) carrying a basket of Carp over his shoulder.   Even the bottoms of his feet are carved and his eyelids are undercut.   A true feat of carving.    PRICE :   $ 900.00 US plus shipping.
ITEM #  5   An Ivory Carving of a RATCATCHER.  He is obviously a simple minded individual,  somewhat mal formed with crooked arm bones and a hunchback.  He is idiotically smiling because he thinks he caught the rat in the box,  when the viewer can see he missed it.   To prove he is an idiot,  he left his loincloth untied underneath and his testicles are hanging out.   For a photo closeup contact me if seriously interested in buying this fine example.   
PRICE :  $ 1600.00 US plus shipping.   
NOTE :
NOW THEN DUE TO THE OVERZEALOUSNESS of GOVERNMENTS AND THEIR STUPIDITY ( banning all ivory including ANTIQUE WORKS OF ART for INTERNATIONAL SALE. 
ITEMS,  1, 2,  4, 5 are only for sale to Canadian Residents.
 
However the PORCELAIN NETSUKE is a Museum Quality Example and can be bought by anyone.  IF INTERESTED,  CONTACT :   766watson@gmail.com
 
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   I have been informed that somehow the PICTURES accompanying this  " Listing for Sale "   have disappeared.   For now,  if any of you want a photograph / photographs of a particular Netsuke, .... email me at :    766watson@gmail.com

Thank you.

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