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Here is a kagamibuta I commissioned from a contemporary Japanese carver. The lid is stag horn, and the bowl is Buffalo horn, which is nice since it can legally be shipped anywhere. Double inlaid eye. The only guidelines I gave were it's minimum dimensions and it should be "ghostly-ghoulish". This is a "Gaki" a tormented creature who in life was a greedy glutton and now in the afterlife cannot feed or drink because everything he touches turns to fire (he is known as the "hungry ghost"). The only exception is that he can eat and drink offerings formally made through the temple. That is what you see inserted on the side of the bowl--some kind soul has made an offering of meat to him which he is about to hungrily consume. I am delighted with this imaginative netsuke. Dont want to favor one contemporary carver over another in these postings so I have covered up his signature. Send me a PM for his name if you cant figure it out.
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