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by tanukisan
Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:34 am
Forum: Subjects & Legends in Japanese Art
Topic: Proverb and Allusion
Replies: 31
Views: 456

Re: Proverb and Allusion

'A cacophony of frogs' Extract from T Volker's The Animal in Far Eastern Art: After his abdication the emperor Go-Toba retired to a country house at Amagori. In the gardens there was a pond wherein many frogs used to make a lot of noise. But since the year 1230 the frogs in the pond of this country ...
by tanukisan
Sun Jan 14, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: Subjects & Legends in Japanese Art
Topic: Proverb and Allusion
Replies: 31
Views: 456

Re: Proverb and Allusion

A big thank you for your insight and the effort you put in to this forum Piers. I hope others can be encouraged to put in their contributions to keep this highly interesting and educative thread going!
by tanukisan
Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Subjects & Legends in Japanese Art
Topic: Proverb and Allusion
Replies: 31
Views: 456

Re: Proverb and Allusion

I am more familiar with a partly open clam - the clam's dream or a courtier with the end his fundoshi trapped in a closed giant clam. From the first pictures I wondered if the closed clam alluded to Japan itself under the Shogunate which was almost totally cut off from the world outside and imposed ...
by tanukisan
Tue Jan 09, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Subjects & Legends in Japanese Art
Topic: Proverb and Allusion
Replies: 31
Views: 456

Re: Proverb and Allusion

neilholton wrote:John have you any thoughts on what type of bone the Inro is made from?

:?:

Good question Neil! Might be ox horn. Will let you see it next time we meet.
by tanukisan
Tue Jan 09, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Subjects & Legends in Japanese Art
Topic: Proverb and Allusion
Replies: 31
Views: 456

Re: Proverb and Allusion

Here is my first netsuke purchase of 2018, found at auction in the West Midlands - a 19th Century bone three cased inro the bone with black and tan streaks lacquered to one side with tea ceremony objects in red, black and gold the reverse with pine trees, length 5.8cm, agate ojime and large bone fro...
by tanukisan
Mon Jan 01, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: Coffee Lounge
Topic: Welcome in 2018
Replies: 10
Views: 333

Re: Welcome in 2018

Happy 2108 to everyone in netsukeworld!
by tanukisan
Sat Dec 23, 2017 3:36 pm
Forum: Coffee Lounge
Topic: Merry Xmas season :-)
Replies: 18
Views: 634

Re: Merry Xmas season :-)

A Very Happy Christmas to one and all!
Here's a little something to raise a smile for David ...............
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by tanukisan
Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:13 pm
Forum: Authenticity
Topic: Lion Dancer
Replies: 12
Views: 451

Re: Lion Dancer

Ryoshu is a modern Japanese ivory netsuke carver, mentioned by Miriam Kinsey in her book 'Contemporary Netsuke'.
by tanukisan
Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:27 am
Forum: Authenticity
Topic: A man a drum and a couple of rats
Replies: 6
Views: 245

Re: A man a drum and a couple of rats

chonchon wrote:My guess is that it could be a practice piece. Was there a school of outcasts on the periphery, producing less-fine pieces for the wider market, I wonder?

Not only ronin samurai but masterless netsuke carvers!
by tanukisan
Tue Dec 12, 2017 4:00 pm
Forum: Collector's Gallery
Topic: Favorite Finds of 2017
Replies: 195
Views: 5829

Re: Favorite Finds of 2017

Komuso was a Japanese Mendicant Monk of the Fuke School of Zen Buddhism. Due to a number of changes during the Edo period, many Samurai found themselves Ronin or masterless, at the time there were also beggars who played Shakuhachi flutes for alms, the life of these flute playing beggars appealed to...

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