Snake on a Stump

Snake on a Stump
Snake on a Stump
Snake on a Stump
Snake on a Stump
Snake on a Stump
Snake on a Stump
Snake on a Stump
Snake on a Stump

Properties:

2003

Type: Netsuke

Sold. USA, private collection.

Materials: Plum wood. Amber inlay.

Dimensions: 5.5 x 3.1 x 2.3 cm.

Images:                  

Suddenly frozen in a movement,
I am looking at a branch,
That turned into a snake...
S. O.

A snake traditionally is considered to be a symbol of wisdom. Is it because snake is often observed in a state of tranquility and abstraction? Nobody will assign the wisdom quality to a continuously jumping gerbil.

The plum wood has a beautiful natural color. I stained the stripes on the back of the snake just a little bit. I hollowed the stump the snake is resting on leaving just a thin outer shell. Unfortunately, the photos did not come out well enough to give ability to view this piece in details. The eyes are inlayed with amber.