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by chonchon
Fri Nov 24, 2017 11:47 am
Forum: Collector's Gallery
Topic: Favorite Finds of 2017
Replies: 33
Views: 346

Re: Favorite Finds of 2017

Judy, in the absence of any other information, that last comment of yours might hold some truth indeed. It could be a comment on the two-faced nature of the Westerner, that there is a mask hidden behind, ready to be worn, belying the kindly face at the front. Mask wearing is a common feature of Japa...
by chonchon
Fri Nov 24, 2017 7:46 am
Forum: Collector's Gallery
Topic: Favorite Finds of 2017
Replies: 33
Views: 346

Re: Favorite Finds of 2017

A netsuke within a netsuke! The sagemono cup hanging from a Hyotan gourd netsuke.
The spillage symbolism seems to go further. Her right hand may be wiping the drool from her mouth, as she absentmindedly pours his sake cup to overflowing, her eyes out of focus. :oops:
by chonchon
Fri Nov 24, 2017 6:00 am
Forum: Collector's Gallery
Topic: Favorite Finds of 2017
Replies: 33
Views: 346

Re: Favorite Finds of 2017

Alan, in the reading I was doing earlier, it mentioned that the squirrel was considered to be a kind of busy mouse or rat, and as such a positive symbol of prosperity and plenty.
by chonchon
Fri Nov 24, 2017 5:57 am
Forum: Natural shell and coral
Topic: Nautilus
Replies: 5
Views: 421

Re: Nautilus

Revisiting your question, Alan, I feel I may not have addressed the central part of it. Although some of these metal fittings surely started life as a menuki for a sword handle for example, and were then refitted for a pouch clasp or a Netsuke, I think that it was the artisans who were continuing to...
by chonchon
Fri Nov 24, 2017 4:19 am
Forum: Collector's Gallery
Topic: Favorite Finds of 2017
Replies: 33
Views: 346

Re: Favorite Finds of 2017

Love it, Alison, and all those in between. Your Dutchman is intriguing, Martyn. The buttons on the spats add the final touch. Talking of happy, the squirrel + grapes theme above signified happiness and fertility throughout Asia, appearing in Japanese art around the 15th c, I have read. (It also feat...
by chonchon
Thu Nov 23, 2017 1:26 am
Forum: Collector's Gallery
Topic: Favorite Finds of 2017
Replies: 33
Views: 346

Re: Favorite Finds of 2017

Jan, the feet of your shishi are stylized to the extent that there is no weight to its body and it merges with the clouds, a sign of Elysian fields, ie heaven. Shishi are usually imagined in association with Botan (peonies) and butterflies, so your artist may have created a dream sequence with just ...
by chonchon
Thu Nov 23, 2017 1:21 am
Forum: Collector's Gallery
Topic: Favorite Finds of 2017
Replies: 33
Views: 346

Re: Favorite Finds of 2017

Judy your set is lovely. My feeling is that it would be perfect for the summer when the heat is unbearable and Japanese enjoy even the very suggestion of something cool. The netsuke shows favorite themes of children, playing, festivals, faraway places, again to delight the heart. Thank goodness thes...
by chonchon
Thu Nov 23, 2017 1:14 am
Forum: Authenticity
Topic: Man with stick and a bird
Replies: 4
Views: 292

Re: Man with stick and a bird

Henrick, this is a little statue of an ancient sage, carved quite crudely and fairly recently IMHO, and designed to stand alone, as an okimono of sorts, (ie not a Netsuke). If there are himotoshi holes, please forgive my eyesight, but even so the flat base does not change the situation. :)
by chonchon
Thu Nov 23, 2017 1:05 am
Forum: Authenticity
Topic: Man with Sack Netsuke
Replies: 3
Views: 84

Re: Man with Sack Netsuke

My initial feeling is that it has been dropped and broken, and during the mending process, in order to de-emphasize the breakage angles, a similar angular pattern has been subsequently added overall.
by chonchon
Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:19 am
Forum: Authenticity
Topic: Aspargus
Replies: 3
Views: 95

Re: Aspargus

The himotoshi holes look weak. The bottom says 竹山人 Chikusanjin, an unusual name to want to fake.

Very Japanese foods, bamboo shoot, kuwai, lotus root and red carrot.

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