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The survival of the Ephrussi netsuke collection as the leitmotif of one man’s discovery and retelling of his family history has captivated millions. Edmund de Vaal’s ‘The Hare with Amber Eyes’ has rekindled interest in the Japanese netsuke

Ojime. Mouse on a mushroom.

Netsuke of mouse nibbling on mushroom, stained ivory, Japan.

Netsuke - "The Watchful Owl" - Owls hunt mice, mice eat mushrooms, mushrooms destroy trees, and trees can absorb the remnants of a dead owl... A spider had stretched its web and any careless creature will be captured and eaten alive!  Carved from Crimean Juniper with eyes made of inlaid amber.

Netsuke - "The Watchful Owl" - Owls hunt mice, mice eat mushrooms, mushrooms…

A NETSUKE Japan, 19th century Bearded monk with child, ivory, carved, 4.5cm high.

A NETSUKE Japan, century Bearded monk with child, ivory, carved,

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