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- Fri Feb 23, 2018 9:09 am
- Forum: Subjects & Legends in Japanese Art
- Topic: Subject Quiz
- Replies: 28
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Presumably there is something about the carving of the 'underneath' of the frog that would be shown to people when in use. When not in use, back to frog...? So what goes or associates with frogs? Frogspawn? Frogs are often used as a symbol of safe travel, and safe return. Often the 'hidden' side is ...
- Fri Feb 23, 2018 5:14 am
- Forum: Beginning Collecting
- Topic: Advice on Purchase
- Replies: 58
- Views: 948
As someone mentoned on the other thread, it is a fallacy to think that Netsuke = ivory. Netsuke are objects with a defined function, and an artistic remit. They can be made with any suitable material, and although not exclusively each carver tended to have a preference. Likewise, collectors today ma...
PS Under persecution, many of the early Christians used the similarity to hide their crosses. You'll see 1,000 on a battle flag for example, written like UPenn's Okimono so that it looks like ten (or the Christian cross), but under interrogation it could be argued that it was actually 1,000. 'Built-...
Judy, on the face of it yes, it looks like Ju 十, but the little top tick is often added seriously minimally, making it 1,000 instead, especially seen in artistic representations. Not a perfect example, but see the wiggle on the top of the bottom left Kanji for 1,000 here: http://www013.upp.so-net.ne...
- Thu Feb 22, 2018 12:14 am
- Forum: Coffee Lounge
- Topic: Some light reading for the coffee break
- Replies: 70
- Views: 3687
Alan, many thanks for posting these. Yes, there were many of this kind of fire starter pouch being used in Japan, probably imported from the mainland of China and Mongolia. People would have carried either one of these curvy decorated types, or a native Japanese one, more plain and more square. PS L...