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netsuke carving I love the craftsmanship that goes into creating one of these beautiful objects. It must be so gratifying to the artist to be able to created whole new worlds out of a piece of mammoth tusk or wood.

An ivory netsuke of a monkey on a fugu. 19th century. A monkey in a sleeveless jacket riding a blowfish (fugu), the fish's tail held to the side. Pupils of black glass. Inscribed Masanao.