Monday, September 14, 2009

Foxfire




















This small netsuke is carved out of mountain mahogany wood- a piece from an assortment sent to me by Brad Blakely, a carver. The subject is one that I've learned crosses many cultures. Fox fire is defined as "A phosphorescent glow, especially that produced by certain fungi found on rotting wood," but in times past it was thought foxes had something to do with it. In Japan, it's known as kitsunebi. The removable ivory peg represents the flame cradled in a curled tail, and serves as the netsuke himotoshi.


4 comments:

Cioara Andrei said...

Foarte interesat subiectul postat de tine, m-am uitat pe blogul tau si imi place ce am vazu am sa mai revin cu siguranta.
O zi buna!

Doug Sanders said...

Mulţumesc! Vă rugăm să reveniţi.

surrounded by carnivores said...

beautiful, very much like the exquisite texture of your lines. wish there was a full 3-d.

Doug Sanders said...

Thanks! I think this piece was a drill for me with fine line engraving. As for the 3-D, that's always the problem with displaying such small sculpture by photographs, isn't it? I think nowadays, photographs have become false surrogates for the real thing? We need to get ourselves to a museum, or better yet, a carving show or auction where you can handle the items.