Stretching Man - Rhino Horn Netsuke


Item Description:

Delve into the rich tapestry of history with our "1950s Rhino Horn Carving: The Traveler's Stretch," a piece that embodies the spirit of endurance and the essence of adventure. Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, this carving portrays a traveler, caught in a moment of relief and aspiration, stretching upwards after a long journey. This artifact not only showcases the exquisite artistry of the past but also serves as a narrative piece, telling a story of perseverance, exploration, and the human connection to the natural world. As we present this piece, we are reminded of the importance of preserving our historical and natural heritage, honoring the narratives encapsulated within these materials.


  • Material: Rhino Horn
  • Theme: Endurance and Adventure
  • Technique: Meticulously Crafted
  • Era: Circa 1950
  • Condition: Exquisitely Detailed, Well-Preserved
  • Cultural Significance: Captures the Spirit of Exploration

A Note on Rhino Horn and Ivory:

At David's, we are acutely aware of the ethical considerations surrounding the use of rhino horn and ivory. We strongly oppose the harm of living beings and the diminishment of nature for art or amusement. All pieces within our collection, including this rhino horn carving, were acquired on or before the end of the 1960s, prior to the international efforts to protect these magnificent creatures. Our presentation of these items is driven by a commitment to honor the elephants and rhinos, educate about the antiquity of these materials, and advocate for the preservation of wildlife. We believe in celebrating the artistry and stories of the past while actively contributing to the conservation of our natural world.