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Some light reading for the coffee break

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Re: Some light reading for the coffee break

Postby chonchon » Sun Feb 11, 2018 3:15 am

Long may it last... :)
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Re: Some light reading for the coffee break

Postby AFNetsuke » Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:56 pm

Alive and well here Alison and Piers. Quite a few people logged on recently but no posters.
The LA chapter met at LACMA last Sunday for the last day the Japanese Pavillion which houses the Bushell Netsuke bequest closes for about five years in order to accomodate a giant museum remodeling.
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There was a nice Cloisone exhibit on display which even included an inro en suite with netsuke and ojime.
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Re: Some light reading for the coffee break

Postby tanukisan » Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:20 pm

Gorgeous inro and netsuke Alan! :love: ( the ojime is not bad either!)
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Re: Some light reading for the coffee break

Postby chonchon » Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:34 am

Many thanks for the update, Alan. Any more detail?
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Re: Some light reading for the coffee break

Postby AFNetsuke » Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:44 am

This is an interesting old very large ivory some of the LA chapter members were able to see up close and personal on Jan 25. The himotoshi have been filled in in my opinion with a metal ring attachment above and a sort of button plug below. I feel this was done for use with a large pouch with metal chain fitting or maybe more than one sagemono. The lower plug would have prevented abrasion of the ivory by the chain attachment anchored above.
What are your opinions?
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Re: Some light reading for the coffee break

Postby AFNetsuke » Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:59 am

One of Anne's favorite Bushell pieces that was in the current display. Baby dragon with Tomokazu signature (I have not seen the signature).
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And one of my all time favorite wood pieces, the Melanesian drummer by Ryukei.
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Re: Some light reading for the coffee break

Postby Bakurae » Mon Feb 12, 2018 3:03 am

Too bad we won't get to see those for five years now. I wonder if they'll manage to put up a small interim display of Bushell netsuke selections before 2023.

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Re: Some light reading for the coffee break

Postby chonchon » Mon Feb 12, 2018 3:43 am

Great, thanks for those, Alan. The concept of a baby dragon blew me away. Love the drummer too.
As to the first tall ivory figure, I am guessing that you are correct. Possibly the metal fitting is pulled tight round from the inside of the (looped) plug for safety, without damaging the Netsuke in any way. In other words, by destroying the metal fitment, we may be able to remove both that and the plug, revealing the original Netsuke himotoshi holes untouched.(?) Those ringed fitments must have been really popular at the end of Edo and beginning of Meiji.
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Re: Some light reading for the coffee break

Postby neilholton » Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:59 am

A fine Gechu-esque figure Alan...the fitting of the metal ring allows for very easy tying and untying. At some point this figure was owned by an individual that required the Netsuke to perform a very specific task, as you say perhaps multiple sagemono or even a very large object/s to be tied to it. Some believe that these figures were not only worn in a conventional manner but on rare occasions used as a kind of handle, the cord would be attached, when the figure is gripped the cord would go through the fingers attaching to whatever large container and off you go. All speculation, but having tied dozens of tall figures I can say they do function very well in this way.

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Re: Some light reading for the coffee break

Postby chonchon » Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:28 am

Neil, I think you may be referring to a Furoshiki handle? A very superior way to carry your square cloth bundle. Here is a modern version.
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