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by chonchon
Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:26 am
Forum: Ceramic
Topic: Ceramic netsuke
Replies: 211
Views: 25062

Re: Ceramic netsuke

Gosh Ryan, that was totally unexpected! I live right next door to Bizen, most famous for swords and pottery, and to a lesser extent guns. Although I have a potter friend, and I have in the past put pottery through the Shinsa committee which sits in the Bizen Pottery Hall beside Inbe Station, I have ...
by chonchon
Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:05 am
Forum: Coffee Lounge
Topic: Happy Birthday MakkaPakka
Replies: 6
Views: 62

Re: Happy Birthday MakkaPakka

Hoping for something special for you today, Rob!

Oops, yesterday!
by chonchon
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Artists Showcase
Topic: Flying Dragon
Replies: 8
Views: 125

Re: Flying Dragon

Do you think of yourself as Edo, Osaka, Kyoto, Tsu, or Paris School? 8-)
by chonchon
Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:52 am
Forum: Subjects & Legends in Japanese Art
Topic: Junishi
Replies: 5
Views: 91

Re: Junishi

You might well be right! It was something about the length of the snout and its facial expression, and the human pose, suggesting impending shape-shifting, but only a feeling, nothing more. Thanks for the information about the tail! :)
by chonchon
Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:22 am
Forum: Subjects & Legends in Japanese Art
Topic: Junishi
Replies: 5
Views: 91

Re: Junishi

Great selection, and I agree with you about No.1.
No.2, though, looks more like a fox...?
by chonchon
Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:18 am
Forum: Subjects & Legends in Japanese Art
Topic: Which Sennin is this?
Replies: 6
Views: 262

Re: Which Sennin is this?

Pages 25 and 26 about 2/3 down this page, show Tsuru Sennin and Kame Sennin. The crane and turtle were symbols of longevity, so maybe they took Sennin form at some time? http://blog.goo.ne.jp/jinnsoinn Although they have been heavily used in Anime, their origins are not clear and I can find very lit...
by chonchon
Tue Jan 16, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Auctions - INS recommended
Topic: Van Ham - The handling session
Replies: 81
Views: 2021

Re: Van Ham - The handling session

Yes John, a great find. Congratulations.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biwa_hōshi
by chonchon
Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:07 am
Forum: Netsuke Types
Topic: Sashi Netsuke
Replies: 4
Views: 83

Re: Sashi Netsuke

Unfortunately I am having to scrap this historical remnant as a friend wants the metalwork, which is why I have chosen to post now while it still exists. He made me an offer I could not refuse... :skull’n crossbones: C73B83BC-3C2A-4FA0-9409-4D419E53DAF5.jpeg 1893D248-94AB-4DC4-8D75-A40A01D9B939.jpeg...
by chonchon
Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:51 am
Forum: Netsuke Types
Topic: Sashi Netsuke
Replies: 4
Views: 83

Re: Sashi Netsuke

Right at the end of Edo, when more and more young gentlemen started to adopt Western dress, a wide woven or leather belt meant that sagemono were hung from something still having vestiges of Sashi Netsuke to them. Today I would like to show a sadly perished leather and cloth waist purse, perhaps for...
by chonchon
Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:42 am
Forum: Netsuke Types
Topic: Sashi Netsuke
Replies: 4
Views: 83

Sashi Netsuke

Sashi Netsuke. 差す Sasu is the verb, and it means to stick into, push into, insert, etc. It may help to think of the shorter of the two long Katana, called a Wakizashi (s changes to z in 2nd position in a compound) which means a side sword pushed down through the obi alongside the longer one. Imagine...

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