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Mammoth Carving, Netsuke Art. NETS-13

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Mammoth Carving, Netsuke   Art. NETS-13

Netsuke, made from fossil mammoth ivory

age of the material at least 10,000 years


  • hight: abt.. 4,7 cm
  • length: abt. 3,4 cm
  • width: abt. 1,5 cm
  • weight: 14 Gramm
You receive by the purchase a certificate which confirms the genuineness of the material.

Mammoth ivory does not come with the nature conservation law to conflict, because it concerns with this material a fossil material!
What is a netsuke?
Netsuke are small pendants which were carried by Japanese men of the superclass and middle class. Because the Japanese kimonos had no pockets, all things which were ordinarily carry in the pockets were put in a small little bag or a box and then fixed to the belt cloth which held the kimono together engaged. The Netsuke with two openings for pulling through the string was like a pendant which stopped the little bags or boxes sliding from the belt cloth. Soon they developed from a practical object to a popular art object with high level. After the Japanese began to wear western clothes at the middle of 19-th century, the Netsukes became superfluous as an object to the everyday use.

Several forms are distinguished. For example:
  • katabori (形彫) – compact, plump sculptures (widespread)
  • anabori (穴彫) – hollow, mussel-like sculptures
  • men (面) – head or Masken-Netsuke, often reduction of No masks (widespread)
  • sashi (差) – long, stick-shaped or needle-shaped Netsuke
  • manju (饅頭) – round, button-like Netsuke with reliefs
  • ryusa (柳左 )-as manju, however, broken through carved
  • kagamibuta (鏡蓋) – like a small Napf with a lid from decorated metal
  • karakuri (からくり) – all Netsuke with movable parts or hidden contents

The Mammouth

The mammoth, an elephant's kind extinct 10.000 years ago, lived up to the last ice age in Eurasia and America. The mammoth carried a long-haired fur in contrast to our today's elephants and had longer strongly upwards crooked tusks.

Preserved in the everlasting ice of the northern Permafrostregion of Siberia and Alaska, remains are  found in the modern times during the 2-month summer of this till this day not yet completely investigated animals.

With largely invested expeditions several metric tons of the peculiarly secure tusks of these primordial giants are often carried in the daylight. Mammoth ivory or also " fossil ivory " called, is more interesting in structure and colour than ivory of our today's elephants. Tears and colour nuances lend an unmistakeable character to the material.