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Lot:CARVED IVORY NETSUKE: Dragon & Snake, Lot Number:10, Starting Bid:$900, Auctioneer:I.M. Chait Gallery/Auctioneers, Auction:CARVED IVORY NETSUKE: Dragon & Snake, Date:11:00 AM PT - Nov 24th, 2013

CARVED IVORY NETSUKE: Dragon & Snake Very finely carved and realistically, detailed ivory netsuke; of a dragon and snake coiled together: ea.

Netsuke. Two dragons round a jewel. Made of ivory.

Netsuke. Two dragons round a jewel. Made of ivory.

Green Woodpecker cufflinks.  Carved tagua nut, silver, sapphires.  By Andrew Birks

Green Woodpecker cufflinks. Carved tagua nut, silver, sapphires. By Andrew Birks

A Japanese carved-ivory parrot okimono is to auction at Bonhams on July 10. The lovable ornithological specimen, sculpted as if in the midst of preening his feathers, is estimated to be worth £10,000 ($15,000).

A large and finely carved ivory okimono of a parrot on wood perch Meiji

The Argonauta ~ tagua-nut netsuke by Sergey Osipov

The only octopus living in a shell (females only, to be accurate) is Argonauta. These ocean dwellers have absolutely unusual behavior and life style. Particularly, such a behavior is revealed during the mating season.

Early to mid 19th century, Ivory, carnelian, Collection of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

✯ Weight in the form of a Skull Surmounted by a Snake, Early to mid century, Ivory, carnelian :: Collection of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Gift of David YOUNG