What materials are authentic netsuke made of, and how does one appraise the material?
Material--whether ivory or wood or stag antler, must be of fine quality.
Ivory should be clean and lustrous. Closed cracks are tolerated in direct proportion
to age. Wood should be solid and well polished. Stag antler must be solid and
free of patches. Materials such as hornbill ivory, amber, rhinoceros horn, tortoise
shell and mother of pearl, though rare and desirable, are seldom found in superbly
carved-in-the-round netsuke. MORE
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