What an engaged and animated expression this carved dragon has! Long and lean, this tough guy has his mouth open in a rather fierce grin; all teeth are showing and his gaze is steady on his prey!
Hand carved from light boxwood, this netsuke dragon features design work all the way around his coiled body - scales to tail - and his ears, bushy eyebrows and flared nostrils are hard to miss!
As true netsuke goes he's fairly large, measuring 1 1/2" tall and 3" long. The grain of the boxwood shows nicely and he's carved on all visible sides.
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.