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by chonchon
Tue Jan 23, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: Collector's Gallery
Topic: 2018 drawer
Replies: 3
Views: 46

Re: 2018 drawer

Haha John, spot on! :)
by chonchon
Tue Jan 23, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Collector's Gallery
Topic: 2018 drawer
Replies: 3
Views: 46

2018 drawer

Out in a snowstorm today on a Netsuke hunt. Gasoline/petrol was low and the news being full of dire weather warnings and accidents, found myself wondering if I should not be home in front of the fire. Still, they do say that 早起きは三文の得(徳)です。 (Haya Oki wa San Mon no Toku desu.) Haya-oki describes the a...
by chonchon
Tue Jan 23, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: Subjects & Legends in Japanese Art
Topic: New in my collection not sure about character
Replies: 16
Views: 1327

Re: New in my collection not sure about character

Judy and John, now you have set me off thinking this and that about the human condition!!! :lol:
by chonchon
Tue Jan 23, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: Authenticity
Topic: Working Figure
Replies: 14
Views: 265

Re: Working Figure

Henrik, it's ok, we are all learning, reading, listening and thinking, and ultimately we have to come to our own conclusions. Just be aware that there is a body of knowledge re Netsuke and cultural elements in the west, which is extremely advanced, in many ways much more than in Japan itself, but wh...
by chonchon
Tue Jan 23, 2018 1:04 am
Forum: Authenticity
Topic: Working Figure
Replies: 14
Views: 265

Re: Working Figure

Thank you Judy. :D
by chonchon
Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:49 pm
Forum: Authenticity
Topic: Working Figure
Replies: 14
Views: 265

Re: Working Figure

Henrik, please understand that many western descriptions of Japanese things are plain wrong, and forget rice and pounding rice. And sesame seeds were never 'pounded' and are not pounded today. (I live here.) In the bowl will be sesame, which is 'ground' round and round with a mortar and pestle. (Loo...
by chonchon
Mon Jan 22, 2018 12:48 am
Forum: Authenticity
Topic: Netsuke or Okimono
Replies: 2
Views: 74

Re: Netsuke or Okimono

Looking at a gift horse in the mouth!?!? I agree about 75% with Alan, but there are several questions for me that cannot be answered by those photographs. For example, the box material looks whiter than his knee. Is this a trick of the light? The clothing that he is wearing is a radically different ...
by chonchon
Sat Jan 20, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: Authenticity
Topic: Working Figure
Replies: 14
Views: 265

Re: Working Figure

True! And a sweet little Netsuke too... :D
by chonchon
Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:05 am
Forum: Authenticity
Topic: Working Figure
Replies: 14
Views: 265

Re: Working Figure

Pounding rice definitely no, not like that. You need a proper wooden hammer for that and an overhead swing. He could be making miso, I suppose, but my first instinct is to say he is grinding sesame seeds. https://search.yahoo.co.jp/image/search?p=%E3%81%99%E3%82%8A%E9%89%A2+%E8%83%A1%E9%BA%BB&se...

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