Revered in Asia and a symbol of extraordinary good luck, this little carved Netsuke elephant has a gentle demeanor and his trunk is lifted up in a good luck greeting!
Hand crafted from dark boxwood, his trunk and ears are beautifully detailed and even his big feet are carved on the bottom! Only 2 1/4" wide and 1 5/8" tall, this little pachyderm carries mighty juju in his compact body and who among us couldn't use a little more luck?
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.