The Moon Rabbit

Moon Rabbit Netsuke
Moon Rabbit Netsuke
Moon Rabbit Netsuke
Moon Rabbit Netsuke
Moon Rabbit Netsuke

Properties:

2009

Type: Netsuke

Sold. Russia, private collection.

Materials: Mammoth tusk. Amber inlay.

Dimensions: 4.0 x 4.0 x 1.7 cm.

Weight: 27,1 g.

Images:            

Mammoth ivory, eyes are inlayed with Baltic amber. Himatoshi are carved in a separate unit with inscription.

Looking at misty outlines on the moon face many Japanese traditionally imagine a fairy rabbit pestling rice for its flat cakes.

I tried to express feelings of the moon in this rabbit - one side is light and clear, and another is shadowy, dark and mystical like the moon.

A recherche Netsuke. Not some "smooth and shaggy" piece at all. I would say, there is something zen-like in this netsuke - without any words and really it changes your inner state when you turn this thing upside down in the manner of a koan.