19th Century Japanese Netsuke: Ginkgo Nuts over Leaf, signed Tomomasa. A very fine hand-carved netsuke depicting a Group of Ginkgo Nuts sitting on a Ginkgo Tree Leaf. One of the nuts is two-sided. The other two are rare three-sided nuts considered fortunate. These three-side nuts are called Icho nuts and are similar to four-leaf clovers in that they thought to bring good luck to the finder.
Mammoth ivory Iris petal and butterfly netsuke by Natasha Popova. Stained with walnut dye, silver nitrate and burning needle. Two dew-drops carved from acryl glass (front and reverse sides). Beetle on reverse carved from stained mammoth ivory and dark-brown shell. Signature on the reverse side covered with 23k gold leaf and the second dew-drop. January 2007. View 3