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The subjects for the traditional netsuke come from the rich history of folk stories, religion, and novelties, like the first Dutchmen arriving in Japan. For those who are not familiar with this background netsuke are just interesting images because the carvers use a visual language that is not readily understood. I use images from my own world, insects, humans, animals or plants. I try to simplify the subject to the essentials by leaving out much detail so the wood is able to show itself. .
Humans

Animals

Insects

Masks

Plants

Shells

Inro

Badgers