Zen Netsuke
Zen Netsuke
Zen Netsuke
Zen Netsuke
Zen Netsuke



Type: Netsuke

Sold. Russia, private collection.

Materials: European moose (Alces alces) antler. Amber, bison leg bone, mother-of-pearl and jet inlay.

Dimensions: 32 mm in diameter.

Weight: 19.9 g.


First I wanted to carve out a netsuke most compact in shape. The most compact shape I think is that of a sphere. But our mind often doubts if simple, laconic things are good enough for us. So I added a worm - a doubt made as the himatoshi nibbling the sphere from the inside.

The fly is like an unexpected thought that flew from the outside when we seem to be in clear consciousness. Sometimes there are gaps in our mind energy comes out from. The energy attracts outside irksome thoughts like a nectar drop on the spherical surface attracting the fly.

Intricate structure on the sphere symbolizes that simplicity and laconism are way no primitive.

The black jet insert for stroking was made for tactile contrast.

The nectar drop is encrusted with black oyster nacre. The grub head is carved out of a buffalo bone (40000 years old), its eyes are encrusted with jet. The item is signed.