KITSUNE WITH 5 TAILS
Kitsune are believed to possess superior intelligence, long life, and magical powers. They are a type of yōkai. The word kitsune is sometimes translated as 'fox spirit', which is actually a broader folkloric category. This does not mean that kitsune are ghosts, nor that they are fundamentally different from regular foxes. Because the word spirit is used to reflect a state of knowledge or enlightenment, all long-lived foxes were believed to gain supernatural abilities. Shishiaibori Manju netsuke "Kitsune with 5 tails" was carved from mammoth tusk, 6.5 cm across, 2 cm thick. 2023
SNAKE AND GOAT
Shishiaibori Manju netsuke "Snake and Goat", junishi animals, carved from mammoth tusk, its diameter is 6.6 cm, the thickness is 2 cm, lacquered, stained, amber inlaid eyes. March 2015. Switzerland, private collection.
SNAKE AND WESTERIA
Shishiaibori Manju netsuke "Snake and Westeria", carved from mammoth tusk, its diameter is 6.6 cm, the thickness is 2 cm, lacquered stained, amber inlaid eye. December 2015. Switzerland, private collection.