Sold. Russia, private collection.
Materials: African blackwood. Mammoth tusk, horn, jet and red coral inlay.
Dimensions: 55×22×22 mm.
Weight: 12.2 g.
I had a dream that took me to my favourite places in the woods and on my way back to the car that I had left on the side of the road I noticed a small black dog running past. When I looked closer, I realized that it had spare paws on its back.
The dream was so fascinating that it inspired me to carve a netsuke. As material for the figurine I picked African blackwood. The eyes have a triple inlay, thus the whites are made of warthog tusk, the irises are carved from buffalo horn and the pupils are inlayed with jet stone. A red coral insert bears the carver´s signature.
I was very happy with the idea and with how the netsuke turned out. I thought that the idea was quite original until I came across a Baron Munchhausen story about an eight-legged hare that I had undoubtedly read when I was a child.
This netsuke is sort of a lucky charm to bring its owner double power to fulfill all plans.