Netsuke: Rooster


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Cock-a-doodle-doo!   This rooster knows who rules the roost...or at least the hens let him think so for pure ego's sake.

 Carved from light boxwood, this cocky guy measures 2" tall and nearly 2" wide.  He's nicely detailed all the way from his comb to his feet and his tail feathers are carved out, too.

He wears an amusingly alert and on-guard expression which the hens just roll their eyes and cluck over...

Netsuke has evolved from the 17th century Japanese art of carving intricate ojime beads 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 zodiac(s.)