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Rats with a Round of Cheese

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Rats with a Round of Cheese

Postby tigerlilly » Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:55 pm

Hello all,
I'm new to this forum but in the short time I've been reading the boards, I have learned something. Unfortunately that includes the term NLO. I inherited several netsukes from my parents as well as my father-in-law who was stationed overseas. Personally, I find netsukes fascinating. It seems each has a story created like a riddle. The one I'm posting here is what I believe they call a mechanical netsuke which makes me wonder if it might actually be an NLO. There is a small rat/mouse that peeks out from the cheese round.
What I'm most interested in is getting a let up on signatures or trying to decipher them.
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Re: Rats with a Round of Cheese

Postby ModTeam » Mon Jan 08, 2018 5:12 am

Dear Tigerlilly,

Welcome to the netsuke and sagemono lounge :)

The item(s) you have posted are categorised as an NLO (Netsuke Like Object). These types of works are commonly reproduced in the far east, are non Japanese, and have unreadable signatures applied.

We would also like to take this opportunity to make you aware we don't offer valuations on the forum, and solicitation of items is prohibited. That being said we are comfortable to say that NLO's are worth little to nothing commercially, and the real value will only be apparent in some form of sentimental meaning this piece may hold for you.

To help you understand more about NLO's we would like to direct you to read this introduction on modern souvenir productions (NLO's) - viewtopic.php?f=12122&t=7940207

Your topic has been moved into the Modern Tourist Souvenir Netsuke & Netsuke-like Objects forum. As little more can be said on the NLO, this thread has been locked.

You are actively welcomed to create further topics, ask questions, or share more of your collection. If you are genuinely interested in learning more about netsuke and sagemono we would encourage you to make use of the search feature on the forum, and look through the many examples of authentic netsuke already posted.

We hope to see you develop a genuine interest in this addictive art form, and please know, a friendly community of helpful individuals awaits to answer any further questions you may have.
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Re: Rats with a Round of Cheese

Postby AFNetsuke » Mon Jan 08, 2018 5:22 am

Welcome to the world of netsuke, Tigerlilly. You were correct about your suspicions of this being an NLO. The subject is rats on a melon or squash, not cheese. My father-in-law bought one of this model in the early 1970s in New York City in an antique shop for $125. It had a Masanao signature and sparked my quest to find out more about netsuke and why it might have cost so much. It was unfortunately an expensive NLO. I wish you the best of luck if you continue on this journey as I did.

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