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by chonchon
Wed Apr 25, 2018 8:18 am
Forum: Artists & Signatures
Topic: Help reading signature
Replies: 3
Views: 49

Re: Help reading signature

Sorry, I have looked at it again but nothing stands out and Martyn still has my handy quick cross-reference book.
お in hiragana? "O"? (or み? "Mi"?)
一 ichi/kazu?

*Or is it supposed to be Gyokushin? 玉真
(The Shin character looks like a different shade of ink 真)
by chonchon
Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Subjects & Legends in Japanese Art
Topic: Any idea what subject this is?
Replies: 7
Views: 123

Re: Any idea what subject this is?

If he is Fuujin 風神 then maybe the Tennyo 天女 is giving him a welcome massage? :)
by chonchon
Sat Apr 21, 2018 3:51 am
Forum: Coffee Lounge
Topic: Our dear friend LUBlub
Replies: 14
Views: 344

Re: Our dear friend LUBlub

Nothing to add, but I guess he will join Antonio here and be a constant presence and guiding spirit with us on the forum. Hard to accept his passing, a real shock, and all kinds of regrets immediately kick in, but for now just to wish his wife condolences and to record what a warm and bubbly and lar...
by chonchon
Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:20 am
Forum: Subjects & Legends in Japanese Art
Topic: Is this a rakan or a Sennin?
Replies: 23
Views: 677

Re: Is this a rakan or a Sennin?

Perhaps if we could get a shot lower down and slightly further round the back there might be a hint of a continuation of something?
by chonchon
Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Subjects & Legends in Japanese Art
Topic: Is this a rakan or a Sennin?
Replies: 23
Views: 677

Re: Is this a rakan or a Sennin?

I still do not know what it is, but it does look like a sword hilt, of the kind that became popular in Meiji Japan, ie with Western influence. 1. https://search.yahoo.co.jp/image/search?rkf=2&ei=UTF-8&gdr=1&p=%E6%98%8E%E6%B2%BB%E6%B5%B7%E8%BB%8D%E6%8B%B5%E3%81%88#mode%3Ddetail%26index%3D...
by chonchon
Mon Apr 16, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Subjects & Legends in Japanese Art
Topic: Is this a rakan or a Sennin?
Replies: 23
Views: 677

Re: Is this a rakan or a Sennin?

What is that at his left waist? Normally I would think of a sword handle from more modern history...
by chonchon
Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:51 pm
Forum: Subjects & Legends in Japanese Art
Topic: Is this a rakan or a Sennin?
Replies: 23
Views: 677

Re: Is this a rakan or a Sennin?

PS The little figure at his side reminds me of the old debate (my oriental religion books are covered in dust) of what to do if someone clings to you hoping for a free ride to heaven. Do you try to save others, or do you cut them loose and devote yourself single-mindedly, (whole-heartedly) towards y...
by chonchon
Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:46 pm
Forum: Subjects & Legends in Japanese Art
Topic: Is this a rakan or a Sennin?
Replies: 23
Views: 677

Re: Is this a rakan or a Sennin?

Craggy facial features and general starved feeling point me towards Rakan (Arhat). The beads also point that way, indicating someone on the path to enlightenment, not yet attained. They seem to go back to India and Buddhism, lower level disciples of the Buddha, some coming from very rough or unsavou...
by chonchon
Fri Apr 13, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Collector's Gallery
Topic: Merfolk & Shuryo
Replies: 12
Views: 361

Re: Merfolk & Shuryo

Wakayama rings all kind of bells for me; perhaps Netsuke were also part of the art and civilization of that area. Firstly there was the famous Negoro Temple "NegoroJi", the surrounding communities in the hills and valleys filled with warrior monks who were to be a thorn in the side of Nobu...
by chonchon
Thu Apr 12, 2018 3:18 am
Forum: Collector's Gallery
Topic: Merfolk & Shuryo
Replies: 12
Views: 361

Re: Merfolk & Shuryo

A fascinating read, and some really fine Netsuke images. The ice in my Calpis is melting. Many thanks.

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