Netsuke: Rabbit in Contemplation
Hand carved from light-colored boxwood, this netsuke rabbit is calmly crouched, head tilted, as he contemplates life and...Easter?!
The delicate grain of the boxwood is nicely shown off in the rounded curves of this bunny and his long ears are nicely shaped and expressive.
1 1/8" high and 2 1/2" wide, this little guy even has carved feet on the bottom.
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.