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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 kernel.. JL Collection

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Chinese carved apricot kernel... JL Collection

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

Anabori Netsuke / carved ivoy clamshell

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Vintage Japanese ivory colored netsuke -A Beautiful SWAN Bird

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Collecting Guide: 5 things to know about Netsuke

An ivory netsuke of a sage on a crane

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