Mammoth Ivory Chinese Lucky God, Serpentine Cord Necklace

Approx 4" drop, 1" wide, on an adjustable leather cord.


                                                                  SALE $195

This carved netsuke of a lucky god has the two holes in the back where he would have been hung as a counterweight for a tobacco or medicinal herb pouch.  The brown etching on his robe just adds to the beauty of the piece and is picked up by the carved long life serpentine on the top.  He is signed on the bottom of his foot by the artist that carved him.  Even the bottom of his feet are carved.

The netsuke is a miniature carving, usually less than 2" high, created by Japanese and Chinese artists for over 300 years.  They portray every aspect of their life and culture.  These carvings were traditionally used to prevent the cord attached to a gentleman's medicine box tobacco pouch from slipping though the sash of his robe or kimono.  Today they are highly collectible works of art.

Traditionally, netsukes have been carved from mammoth and elephant ivory, ebony, fossil walrus tusk, mahogany, rosewood and hippopotamus tooth.  The netsukes, often signed by the artist, are getting harder to find s the detail in each piece takes patience and time and the younger Chinese are not so interested in pursuing this art form.

Mammoth Ivory comes from the extinct mammoth elephant that roamed the Earth during the Pliocene era from around 4.8 million to 4,500 years ago. Because they are extinct they are not endangered and therefore, are legal and save the African elephant.  The artisans that carved elephant ivory are now carving mammoth ivory that is recovered in Siberia.