Thursday, April 25, 2013

Decayed lotus leaf

This carving was created from the base of an elk antler.  You'll see how some of the original roughness around the circumference was retained; in other places it was duplicated by carved work.  The tiny lotus blossom petal is carved from pink pearl shell, and pegged into place.  This netsuke measures 4cm across.
Antler is a wonderfully suggestive material; I have several projects on the workbench right now that exploit its various qualities. With this piece, the spongy core, and rough edge suggested exploring the symbolism of the lotus.

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