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Tagua nut

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Postby tanukisan » Thu Nov 19, 2015 2:13 pm

At least you don't need to ''shell out'' so much cash for a nutsuke!


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Postby angel » Sun Nov 29, 2015 3:41 pm

Hello. Since the issue Tagua nut I will join you with new pictures of my latest acquisition. I bought it as tagua nut netsuke. But never before have I had in my hands Tagua nut. I don´t really know what that material is. A large pictures where the material is appreciated
The carving work is very fine, has a nice patina.

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Postby chonchon » Mon Nov 30, 2015 5:24 am

Nice find. Hmmm... is there a plug in the top of his head? Some of the grain looks unlike tagua.

Size is something.

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Postby angel » Tue Dec 01, 2015 6:53 pm

Yes, it seems to have some kind of cap. I think it's not the first nut I've seen with this type of plug. You think this is Tagua nut? or any other nut.

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Postby Tsunuki » Sun Feb 14, 2016 8:58 am

Here is my nutsuke collection.

A tagua nut netsuke of Ebisu, holding a fish and a whisk. 1 3/4" wide, unsigned.
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An open-work walnut netsuke of gourd vines. 1 1/4" long, signed. I haven't yet matched it to a signature I recognize. A couple spots appear to have been touched up with a lacquer paint. Overall, one of my favorites.
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A lacquer painted manju of a two-tailed dragon, carved from some kind of seed pod or nut. 1 5/8" wide, unsigned. Not sure what type of nut. The back has a mother of pearl shell reserve, presumably for a signature, but it's unused and appears to have been a later addition. There are cracks around the outside that were glued back together in spots. The inside of the nut has been painted with gold. Not sure what the dragon's eye is made from, glass?
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A walnut netsuke of a treasure ship, with metal inlaid himotoshi. 1 1/2" long, unsigned. It looks like a little piece from the bow of the ship is missing.
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A stained tagua nut netsuke of a mushroom and chestnut. 1 3/4" wide, unsigned. For whatever reason it has two sets of himotoshi, with the smaller set on the bottom probably added later (maybe someone wanted to use it as a necklace? I have another mushroom I found at a swapmeet that was similarly abused).
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An entada nut netsuke with a metal ojime and a cherry bark and glass inro. The netsuke has a metal lined hole, presumably there was once a plug that went with it to enable it to be used as a snuff bottle or something similar.
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Postby kikue » Sun Feb 14, 2016 3:45 pm

Tsunuki wrote:


The signature is Masao (マサオ) in Katakana characters.

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Postby Tsunuki » Mon Feb 15, 2016 6:24 am

Thank you, kikue! I've been trying to figure out this signature for a while; it hadn't occurred to me it might be written in katakana. It also didn't help that I was probably looking at it upside down. Thanks again!
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Postby LUBlub » Mon Feb 15, 2016 1:01 pm

Taking the opportunity;

Never be enough to thank the precious and irreplaceable cooperation of our "translators" Piers, Dave, and now especially Kikui with his valuable presence and dedication ... thanks a lot!
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Postby AFNetsuke » Mon Feb 15, 2016 4:59 pm

Tsunuki, thanks for showing your various nut carvings. Somehow I missed reading this thread earlier. I can't remember having seen a cherry bark and glass inro. Perhaps you could also post that one in the Inro topic.

Agree with Luigi that Kikui's input on signatures is invaluable.

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Postby carlomagno » Mon Feb 15, 2016 7:59 pm

Ryan, excellent collection of tagua and other nuts netsuke or nutsuke as you say! The first one with the fish is lot of spirit, looks powerful , The second wiith vines is very intrincate, the third with the dragon I love it! but the nacar plate does not fit in, the sacred boat is a beautiful piece also, now your persimmon would be nice to see the evolution as you mention you carving another two.
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