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Postby GiantSquid » Fri Jan 10, 2014 7:18 pm

Let me add to this nutty thread:

Hotei, typically signed by Masaharu - interestingly the nut has been carved hollow - to make it lighter or for use as an ashtray netsuke? (no burnt tobacco smell though).

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Postby souldeep » Sat Jan 11, 2014 7:16 am

Thanks for sharing this Richard - and worth adding - we discussed the face may be lacquered. I hadn't realised just how much work goes into lacquer until Clive explained it to me.
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Postby GiantSquid » Sat Jan 11, 2014 10:51 am

Thanks for the more likely explanation of the hollow interior. And what a great tagua nut netsuke of Daruma, one of the best I have seen.
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Postby onimh » Sat Jan 11, 2014 4:00 pm

Yes, great Daruma.

Here are three nuts of mine.
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Postby Tengu » Sat Jan 11, 2014 4:10 pm

Is the walnut Daruma signed?

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Postby onimh » Sat Jan 11, 2014 4:25 pm

Jugyoku
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Postby Vlad » Sat Jan 11, 2014 4:46 pm

Tengu wrote:Onimh, nor a wooden Tonkotsu representing a chestnut.
What do you think, why I find the old netsuke interesting?


Because they often appear to be not what they look like?:)
"Man sieht nur, was man weiß" - "One sees only what one knows". Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

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Postby Tengu » Sat Jan 11, 2014 5:02 pm

Vlad wrote:
Tengu wrote:Onimh, nor a wooden Tonkotsu representing a chestnut.
What do you think, why I find the old netsuke interesting?


Because they often appear to be not what they look like?:)


It looks what it is.

"One sees only what one knows." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)
First I saw an actually carved chestnuts in it, but they are genuine. So they do not shrink, they were probably hollowed out, filled with a material and cleverly assembled. Inside the drilled Hiomotoshi one can recognize nothing of this procedure.

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Postby AFNetsuke » Sat Jan 11, 2014 6:40 pm

Klaus, it's amazing how naturalistic your chestnut is with details such as the area below the small himotoshi mimicking exactly the blemishes seen in nature. And the uki-bori Tadatoshi signature is pristine.
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Postby NetsukeManiac » Sun Jan 12, 2014 12:43 am

As long as we're going nuts, here is an ivory chestnut group by 'Josetsu'. Apparently his claim to fame was in the use of stain. Now I'm waxing poetic! Image

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