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Walnut.. (or kurumi - natural walnut shell): kataborinetsuke ) style, the meat from the nut was removed by various means, one being the insertion of a small worm in a hole in the nut to consume the meat. Following that, elaborate designs were carved, and the string inserted. The carver often removed all of the nut's normal surface features and carved through the surface in places to create a latticed effect. Once carved, the resulting netsuke was polished and shellacked.

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Chinese carved kernels..monkeys playing on a boat. JL Collection

Netsuke ~ The persimmon, a lovely symbol of fall Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA

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Chinese carved apricot kernel. Voyagers on a sampan..abt 2,5cm... JL Collection

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Old carving NETSUKE / OKIMONO ? shell horse people rural scene carved bovine

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Netsuke: Kojima no Takamori Inscribing the Cherry Bark Japan, late 19th century The Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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