Pair of Antique Handcarved Tagua Nut Japanese Netsuke with Many Faces

Regular price $50.00

Charming little faces all the way around on these small Japanese netsuge, hand-carved of Tagua nut (a palm tree nut), later 19th century I believe. Four faces on the larger, two on the smaller, each wearing a different expression. I love that their forms relate to American peach pit carved baskets too--as if they were the inspiration for those. 

Larger: 7/8” t x 3/4 w, Smaller 7/8”t x 9/16 w. Both in good antique condition, with a couple of tiny holes on the larger and hairline down the face of the smaller, as documented. A bit hard to photograph well but these give a sense; nice now strung and worn around the neck.