Netsuke - Materials

Materials

  • ivory - the most common material used before ivory from live animals became illegal. Netsuke made from mammoth ivory (huge quantities still exist in the Near East and Siberia) fill part of the tourist trade demand today.
  • boxwood, other hardwoods - popular materials in Edo Japan and still used today
  • metal - used as accents in many netsuke and kagamibuta lids
  • hippopotamus tooth - used in lieu of ivory today
  • boar tusk - mostly used by the Iwami carvers
  • rhinoceros horn
  • hornbill ivory
  • clay/porcelain
  • lacquer
  • cane (woven)

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