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by chonchon
Fri Feb 23, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: Subjects & Legends in Japanese Art
Topic: Subject Quiz
Replies: 28
Views: 615

Re: Subject Quiz

Someone made me an offer I could not refuse!

8.8cm long, x 2.2cm at widest point.

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by chonchon
Fri Feb 23, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Subjects & Legends in Japanese Art
Topic: Subject Quiz
Replies: 28
Views: 615

Re: Subject Quiz

That really is a first for me, Klaus. I would never have guessed that without your (and Jan's) hint. Thank you for showing it! :)

And now for something different... 8-)
by chonchon
Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Subjects & Legends in Japanese Art
Topic: Subject Quiz
Replies: 28
Views: 615

Re: Subject Quiz

Dang, Jan, I think you've got it!!! :D

PS The eyes look like wooden inlays, very unusual.
by chonchon
Fri Feb 23, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: Subjects & Legends in Japanese Art
Topic: Subject Quiz
Replies: 28
Views: 615

Re: Subject Quiz

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 ...
by chonchon
Fri Feb 23, 2018 5:14 am
Forum: Beginning Collecting
Topic: Advice on Purchase
Replies: 58
Views: 948

Re: Advice on Purchase

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...
by chonchon
Fri Feb 23, 2018 1:01 am
Forum: Handling & Care
Topic: Advice on Repair
Replies: 20
Views: 320

Re: Advice on Repair

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-...
by chonchon
Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:45 am
Forum: Handling & Care
Topic: Advice on Repair
Replies: 20
Views: 320

Re: Advice on Repair

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...
by chonchon
Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: Handling & Care
Topic: Advice on Repair
Replies: 20
Views: 320

Re: Advice on Repair

The signature(?) says 千里 Senri, (also a place name, and means literally 1,000 Ri distance, = nearly 4,000 km). 千里眼 Senrigan means clarivoyance, i.e. ability to see 'beyond'. I have not researched any carvers by this name.
by chonchon
Thu Feb 22, 2018 12:14 am
Forum: Coffee Lounge
Topic: Some light reading for the coffee break
Replies: 70
Views: 3687

Re: Some light reading for the coffee break

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...
by chonchon
Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Subjects & Legends in Japanese Art
Topic: What's the Story?
Replies: 22
Views: 1228

Re: What's the Story?

Great find, Klaus, saving me from having to use my imagination. I had already worked out half the story in my fevered brain... :geek:

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