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Bone & Wood Inro - Our inro are sold as complete sets with matching ojime and netsuke ready to wear or display. Choose from traditional lacquer, carved wood, and carved bone. 
Mammoth Ivory Netsuke - Our Mammoth Ivory comes exclusively from Hong Kong. Being under British rule for 99 years Hong Kong has the strictest regulations of any Asian nation. The Mammoth ivory used in our carvings is imported into Hong Kong from Russia where it is currently being excavated. CITES certificates were issued both in Russia as raw material and then in Hong Kong as the finished carved product which certifies that it is Mammoth ivory.
Wood Netsuke - Select from over a hundred different designs ranging from animals and creatures to characters from ancient myths and legends. Each piece is individually hand carved and finished, complete with netsuke holes for attaching to an inro.
Tagua Nut Netsuke - As an alternative to ivory, Tagua nut is used around the world to carve intricate little masterpieces. Many of our pieces are accented with classic ink scrimshaw.
Ojime Beads - These amazing little carvings of barely an inch are a wonderful collectible or the centerpiece for a unique piece of jewelry.
Curios & Stands - We stock a variety of stands and curios selected specifically for displaying your collection of Netsuke, Ojime, or Snuff Bottles.

Netsuke (pronounced �net-ski� or �net-skeh�) are tiny sculptures that originated in Japan as an accessory to traditional Japanese clothing. They have since evolved over a time period of three hundred years into works of art that are both collected and revered by art aficionados across the globe. 

Originally, Netsuke served both functional and aesthetic purposes. The Japanese kimono did not have pockets, so women would hold small objects in their sleeves, and men would wear a silk cord on their obi, or sash. From the cord, they would hang items such as tobacco pouches and coin purses. These items were known as sagemono. To stop the silk cord from slipping under the weight of their sagemono, they would attach a small toggle to the cord. These toggles were known as netsuke, which literally means, �root for fastening�.

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Beads have forever been a part of history, covering virtually every culture.  Although most beads are used to embellish and adorn, they also serve a number of other functions, which covers political events, social circumstances, religious beliefs, symbolism of curative powers, and have even been used as currency.  Beads are also made in a huge variety of colors and designs, and can be made from all types of materials to include wood, metal, glass, ivory, and plastic. 

Many of the ojime beads made from ivory were first carved in China�s Heibei province.  However, during the mid-1980s, ivory was banned at which time ojime beads were made from boxwood.  These beads are not carved by just anyone, but actual master carvers who consider this a very valuable art form.  Many master carvers can create up to five to ten designs and while some will vary in color, the density and fine grain are what makes them unique.  For a single ojime bead to be crafted by a skilled master carver, approximately four to six hours is required.  Once the carving is complete, the beads are then signed by the artist, hand polished, and waxed to bring out their lustrous shine before being sold. 

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