Carved Chinese Ox Horn, at The Base of The Carving a Stylized Scorpion

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Hand Carved Chinese Ox Horn, if you look at The Base of The Carving you can see a Stylized Scorpion Nicely Carved.

The netsuke is a toggle. Japanese men used netsuke to suspend various pouches and containers from their sashes by a silk cord. Netsuke had to be small and not too heavy, yet bulky enough to do the job. They needed to be compact with no sharp protruding edges, yet also strong and hard-wearing. Above all, they had to have the means for attaching a cord. Netsuke was made in a variety of forms, the most widely appreciated being the katabori (shape carving), a three-dimensional carving, such as in the form of a shishi (mythical Chinese lion) and her young.

During the early 17th century, when katabori netsuke was first made, China had a strong influence on Japan. As a result, many Chinese illustrated books reached Japan, often in the form of the encyclopedia. One of the most important was the profusely illustrated Sancai tuhui (Tripartite picture assembly), published around 1610. Such works presented an exotic mixture of fact and fiction that was highly appealing. Of particular interest were the illustrations of mythical people and fabulous beasts, such as the shishi.

The appearance of Chinese illustrated books in Japan also coincided with the development of a thriving ivory-carving industry centred on the coastal regions of southern China, particularly Zhangzhou in Fujian province. This catering in large part for Portuguese and Spanish missionaries based throughout Asia. Through Japanese contact with China at this time, Chinese carvings reached Japan and played a crucial role in the development of netsuke. Ivory was subsequently one of the most important and widely used materials for the manufacture of netsuke.

Item Code - BON3D499QRG 

Width: 7 3/4"  Height: 1 1/4"  Depth: 1 3/8"  Weight: 86 g


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