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by tanukisan
Thu May 24, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Artists & Signatures
Topic: Help with the signature
Replies: 10
Views: 209

Re: Help with the signature

As you probably already know, your netsuke depicts the strongman hero Benkei carrying off the Miidera Temple bell to Enryaku Temple on Mount Hiei, 10 kilometres away.
by tanukisan
Thu May 24, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: Auctions - INS recommended
Topic: Bonhams "Fine Japanese Art" - 17th May 2018
Replies: 10
Views: 702

Re: Bonhams "Fine Japanese Art" - 17th May 2018

Jogen-fujin, part of the retinue of Seibo, Queen of the West, is portrayed by many Japanese artists as riding on a kirin rather than a unicorn.
by tanukisan
Fri May 11, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: Sagemono Types
Topic: What is this and what does it say?
Replies: 5
Views: 153

Re: What is this and what does it say?

The inro looks shaped like a bronze temple bell with an ashtray netsuke.
by tanukisan
Tue May 08, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Authenticity
Topic: Hare with Amber Eyes
Replies: 10
Views: 605

Re: Hare with Amber Eyes

This hare sold for £590 on e-bay with 22 bids despite uncertainty of what it is carved from or how new it is. Are we missing something :?:
by tanukisan
Fri May 04, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Collector's Gallery
Topic: Latest find to my collection
Replies: 20
Views: 975

Re: Latest find to my collection

Hi Henrik - no other tip, just a gut feeling.
Incidentally, Davey lists Ikkan as mid 19th Century - ' one of the greatest of all netsuke artists, he was a priest in the Kiosanji temple at Nagoya.................... perhaps best known for his seated or reclining figures of the legendary shojo......'
by tanukisan
Thu May 03, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: Collector's Gallery
Topic: Latest find to my collection
Replies: 20
Views: 975

Re: Latest find to my collection

in Japanese mythology, a shojo refers to a sea spirit with red face and hair and an acute fondness for alcohol/ sake. Shojo is also a Japanese word for a orangutan and also a young female virgin. To answer your query about age , I would guess that it was probably carved sometime in the second half o...
by tanukisan
Sat Apr 28, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: Coffee Lounge
Topic: Spring 2018 Journals arrived
Replies: 19
Views: 1122

Re: Spring 2018 Journals arrived

This cord arrangement looks interesting Alan but I wonder if the netsuke would still be top heavy and tend to topple upside down when hung from the obi while attached to a sagemono?
by tanukisan
Wed Apr 25, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: Artists & Signatures
Topic: Help reading signature
Replies: 6
Views: 363

Re: Help reading signature

The trouble is that the signature is not very crisply carved, particularly the first and third characters

- ??? kazu/ i/ ichi then sada/ tei?
by tanukisan
Tue Apr 24, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: Subjects & Legends in Japanese Art
Topic: Any idea what subject this is?
Replies: 7
Views: 448

Re: Any idea what subject this is?

He looks very like a Nio Buddhist protector being massaged by a sympathetic tennyo - a servant and courtesan of the emperor in heaven.
by tanukisan
Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: Authenticity
Topic: Identifying inherited netuske couple
Replies: 4
Views: 418

Re: Identifying inherited netuske couple

The figure on the right holding a skull is Benten, one of the 7 Shichi-fuku-jin (7 Deities of Good Fortune) - the Buddhist patron goddess of literature and music and the other figure is Daruma - the founder of the Zen tradition of Buddhism in China, portrayed holding a fly whisk or hossu - a short s...

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