The plovers are migratory birds traveling through Japan on Spring and Autumn. Usually are depicted together with waves, rivers, sea banks or fisherman’s nets. They are symbol of persistence and overcoming of obstructions, because they need overcome high waves and strong winds.
SOLD Seemengly just vegetable but it is more behind them. I asked my Japanese friend a netsuke carver Shikamasa to explain more the motif and here are his words: The eggplants are so popular motive for sword fitting. A eggplatnt/茄子 itself is one of engimono/lucky items, as its pronounceation “nasu” is same as 成す/achieve, but there is another reason, I… Read More