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by Bakurae
Fri Nov 24, 2017 4:12 pm
Forum: Collector's Gallery
Topic: Favorite Finds of 2017
Replies: 36
Views: 422

Re: Favorite Finds of 2017

What a great crop--2017 has clearly been a good year! Martyn, thanks for the appreciative words about the mermaid. I've no idea who made her, but she's probably late 18th-century. You can see another mermom of the same approximate date, though probably not the same hand, at the Victoria & Albert...
by Bakurae
Fri Nov 24, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: Collector's Gallery
Topic: Favorite Finds of 2017
Replies: 36
Views: 422

Re: Favorite Finds of 2017

Thanks, all. Piers, where did you read about the "budo ni rissu" theme for the squirrel and grapes as a visual pun involving martial arts? Perhaps in a Japanese source? I've also seen that various places, perhaps mostly clearly in Jirka-Schmitz, The World of Netsuke, but not as detailed as...
by Bakurae
Fri Nov 24, 2017 2:35 am
Forum: Collector's Gallery
Topic: Favorite Finds of 2017
Replies: 36
Views: 422

Re: Favorite Finds of 2017

This year I was kindly steered toward a netsuke high on my wish list, a nice old mama mermaid. This one, battered but happily swimming along and hugging her merbaby, was just the right one. Happy Thanksgiving, by the way!
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by Bakurae
Thu Nov 23, 2017 5:01 pm
Forum: Coffee Lounge
Topic: Thank you for your trust and patience :-)
Replies: 8
Views: 167

Re: Thank you for your trust and patience :-)

Thank you for all your good work, Martyn. I hope this means you'll now get to struggle less and talk more. Your words and ideas are always great to see on the Forum.
by Bakurae
Tue Nov 21, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: Authenticity
Topic: I believe my winning streak comes to an end.
Replies: 13
Views: 223

Re: I believe my winning streak comes to an end.

This is both fun and instructive, Curt. You're an awfully good sport to do it. Looking forward to the next posting,
by Bakurae
Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:49 am
Forum: Subjects & Legends in Japanese Art
Topic: Kosekiko and Choryo?
Replies: 13
Views: 301

Re: Kosekiko and Choryo?

This is really fascinating. I wasn't aware that the angle of the Schreger lines might be different at the core. Definitely something to keep in mind. I agree with Piers that the netsuke is very likely made up of two sections, but given the story and the relationship of the figures they were surely m...
by Bakurae
Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: Subjects & Legends in Japanese Art
Topic: Kosekiko and Choryo?
Replies: 13
Views: 301

Re: Kosekiko and Choryo?

Thanks, Piers, it will be interesting to see those photos. The question of how early mammoth ivory was used for netsuke, and where, is ian nteresting one. I'll try to do some research in the old forum, the INS Journal index, and books, to see if it's discussed anywhere. Does the style of the netsuke...
by Bakurae
Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:57 pm
Forum: Subjects & Legends in Japanese Art
Topic: Kosekiko and Choryo?
Replies: 13
Views: 301

Re: Kosekiko and Choryo?

Thanks, Roy and Judy. I had thought about mammoth ivory too based on the angles of the lines, but discounted it because the netsuke looked old and I have always assumed mammoth is a relatively modern material for netsuke. Am I wrong about that? I also don't know if marine ivory ever has Schreger lin...
by Bakurae
Sun Nov 12, 2017 5:57 pm
Forum: Subjects & Legends in Japanese Art
Topic: Kosekiko and Choryo?
Replies: 13
Views: 301

Re: Kosekiko and Choryo?

Looking again, both for style and condition, I'd bet older than Tomochika.
by Bakurae
Sun Nov 12, 2017 5:53 pm
Forum: Subjects & Legends in Japanese Art
Topic: Kosekiko and Choryo?
Replies: 13
Views: 301

Kosekiko and Choryo?

A friend recently showed me the okimono-style netsuke in the images below (a touch blurry; will try to do better). The subject seems to be Choryo rescuing Kosekiko's shoe from the river. Does anyone have a guess on the period and material? I'd guess last quarter 19th-century (Tomochika ballpark?), a...

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