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Interesting metal gourd netsuke?

Postby kevinpageoriental » Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:19 pm

Hello,
I brought this a little while ago thinking it was a multimetal netsuke, I discovered that the top screws off and it has a small telescopic paintbrush inside. I think it may still be a netsuke but one with a multi purpose, perhaps a portable pen?
Has anyone seen anything similar or have any ideas what it is?
Thanks,
Kevin
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Re: Interesting metal gourd netsuke?

Postby AFNetsuke » Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:53 pm

If it's small you might call it a multifunctional netsuke, if longer, a fudezutsu.
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Re: Interesting metal gourd netsuke?

Postby kevinpageoriental » Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:00 pm

It's about 9cm long so definitely netsuke sized, thanks for the reply.

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Re: Interesting metal gourd netsuke?

Postby KPR » Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:08 pm

It is a Yatate, attempts to raise the larger leaf and you'll find the ink container.
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Re: Interesting metal gourd netsuke?

Postby chonchon » Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:31 pm

A hechima gourd. The brush looks more like it’s for makeup than writing or painting. Taking a stab in the dark I will go for Ohaguro, teeth blackening.

PS I like it!
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Re: Interesting metal gourd netsuke?

Postby KPR » Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:47 pm

It is a sagemono.
Since only men wore this, they must have also stained teeth !! ??
If Kevin has opened the container, we'll see.
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Re: Interesting metal gourd netsuke?

Postby Clive » Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:16 pm

KPR wrote:It is a Yatate, attempts to raise the larger leaf and you'll find the ink container.


I believe you are correct Klaus.. might these two little things be hinges?
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Re: Interesting metal gourd netsuke?

Postby KPR » Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:49 pm

Yes, these are the fastenings of the hinge.
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Re: Interesting metal gourd netsuke?

Postby tanukisan » Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:56 pm

chonchon wrote: Taking a stab in the dark I will go for Ohaguro, teeth blackening.


Ohaguro was most popular in Japan until the Meiji era. Tooth painting was mainly done by married women, though occasionally men did it too. It was beneficial, as it prevented tooth decay, in a similar fashion to modern dental sealants.

However I agree that this is probably a yatate trick netsuke - it reminds me a little of the late Victorian period telescopic metal pencils manufactured in Birmingham.

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Re: Interesting metal gourd netsuke?

Postby kevinpageoriental » Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:31 am

Thanks for all the information, teeth blackening hadn't even crossed my mind as I've never seen one before, but it makes sense. The leaf does indeed open, it seems this gourd is full of surprises!
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