Netsuke Elephant - Trunk Up!
Lore has it that a totem of an elephant with its trunk up means you'll be showered with good luck and prosperity...and who couldn't use a bit more of that?!
Carved from dark boxwood, this sassy pachydern netsuke has his beautifully detailed trunk aimed for the skies and his tail, ears, face and eyes are carved with precision...even the nostrils on the end of the trunk and the bottom of his big elephant feet!
He measures 1 3/8" tall and 2 3/4" long. Seriously great feng shui.
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.