Netsuke: Wise Owl in Tree
Clinging to a branch, this wise old owl wants to know whoo-whoo wishes to partake of his sage advice?!
A charming netsuke figure hand carved from dark boxwood, this handsome fellow measures 2 1/4" high, 1 1/16" at his widest. His finely feathered back is beautifully carved and detailed and his talons are nicely shown gripping the branch.
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.