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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: 616

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: 616

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: 616

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: 616

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: 616

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: 331

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: 331

Re: Merfolk & Shuryo

A fascinating read, and some really fine Netsuke images. The ice in my Calpis is melting. Many thanks.
by chonchon
Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:25 am
Forum: Artists & Signatures
Topic: Trying to identify by signature
Replies: 3
Views: 91

Re: Trying to identify by signature

PS When I say Chinese, I mean that Chinese artists began to imitate Japanese Netsuke when they saw the market potential. Since one theme of Japanese Netsuke was classical Chinese themes, this made it easier for some Chinese artists to adapt and attempt crossovers.
by chonchon
Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:21 am
Forum: Artists & Signatures
Topic: Trying to identify by signature
Replies: 3
Views: 91

Re: Trying to identify by signature

秀山 (+ Kao), can be read either Shuzan or Hideyama. There is an added dot to the right of 山 which may be a smoke screen. It has elements that became fashionable around WW1, including a sort of Chinese feel to it, so be prepared to roll with the punches.
by chonchon
Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Coffee Lounge
Topic: Happy Birthday HLH !
Replies: 5
Views: 198

Re: Happy Birthday HLH !

Allow me to join in the congratulations. Happy Birthday, Henrik. :x

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