Sssssssnake! There are few reptiles craftier - or deadlier - than a cobra and this netsuke python is giving fair warning that he's got you in his sight!
Hand crafted from a dark caramel-colored boxwood, he's beautifully carved all the way around with his scaled snake skin and curved head etched with intricate detail.
He measures 1 7/8" tall and 1 1/4" wide.
Perhaps he's just the thing to guard the inbox on your desk?!
Netsuke has evolved from the 17th century Japanese art of carving intricate beads called ojime from bone, stone, wood or ivory. These beads were used to close off clothing and pouches and over the centuries the art of carving intricate miniatures has made netsuke highly collectible. Netsuke can be found in fine museums and galleries all over the globe and carvings often feature the animals or mythic creatures that make up the Asian zodiacs.