Netsuke. Fox in the guide of Tadanobu from Joruri dorama "Yoshitsune senbon zakura" design, ivoly, Edo period, 18th century http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/kenjiqakazawa/24265871.html
A Japanese carved ivory figure, of a fisherman hauling his net, signed to the base, height 25.5cm (10in.) - An okimono may be a small Japanese carving, similar to, but larger than netsuke. Unlike netsuke, which had a specific purpose, okimono were purely decorative and were displayed in the tokonoma.
Netsuke. Mouse design, ivoly, Edo period, 18th century
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Finely Carved Old Japanese Netsuke – Rat & Young
第34回 楽虫根付、現る！ ～ギャラリー花影抄での初個展より～
In this bronze sculpture, a Fox is portrayed as asleep in the woods or its earth. But is it really asleep? Its ears appear as if attuned to every sound. Again within such a simple form, a mood and sense of life is expressed. Released in an edition of twelve.
Sergey Osipov, 2007,Fox-priest, One of the main characteristics of a fox, known as kitsune in Japanese lore, is its magical power and ability to transform itself into beguiling young women, monks & priests, etc. The kitsune likes to deceive people by creating incredible illusions.