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Postby LUBlub » Sat Jul 18, 2015 10:14 am

Saturday smile's in the INS Forum....


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Postby tanukisan » Sat Jul 18, 2015 11:53 am

Post #39:The Swiss bells are well hung Luigi!!!

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Postby LUBlub » Sat Jul 18, 2015 1:05 pm

:D
As you know John in Switzerland they feed people with pure best milk and you can compare the difference with the bavarian women beer drinkers...8-)

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Postby Tengu » Sat Jul 18, 2015 2:45 pm

LUBlub wrote::D
As you know John in Switzerland they feed people with pure best milk and you can compare the difference with the bavarian women beer drinkers...8-)

For me end of this subject...back to Netsukes.


Agree (this is an original advertising image of the Swiss Farmers' Union)

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Postby LUBlub » Sat Jul 18, 2015 3:07 pm

IPhone

OK Klaus ...finish is finish agree is agree ...
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Postby Tengu » Sat Jul 18, 2015 3:23 pm


An Oni cleans Shokis ear. height 4.7cm
The bamboo material is clearly visible on the bottom.





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Postby DSW90049 » Sat Jul 18, 2015 5:49 pm

Still laughing from the last couple of pages!!!:DImage

Klaus, that is a beautiful piece - showing the evidence that is bamboo from the bottom is good because I'm not sure I would have guessed properly the material. Bamboo is also often very light, no? It is a truly amazing material, stronger than imaginable - you can build bridges out of it, but I would imagine hard to carve, particularly with the kind of detail and conception of the piece you have shared.

Again, your collection never ceases to entertain us . . . .thank you again for sharing with us, Klaus!Image
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Postby mss » Sat Jul 18, 2015 7:55 pm

Klaus, really attractive bamboo netsuke. Very nice detail.


An additional piece for this thread, (?early 20th C.), that would fit into both bamboo and "bugs" threads. All bamboo, including ojime.

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Postby Tengu » Sat Jul 18, 2015 9:13 pm


The combination of tiger and bamboo is at Netsukes very often. It has a deep mythological significance. Unfortunately, it's slipped my mind. Please help!
In this bamboo Netsuke the connection is established through the material.
The bamboo structure supported very skillful the fur pattern. The eyes are inlaid in mother of pearl and horn.


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Postby Oishii » Sat Jul 18, 2015 9:38 pm


Hi Klaus,
you show us again a very powerful piece !

don't know if this could be of any help to the mythology tiger/bamboo ?

W. R. van Gulik tells us “In Japan the tiger portrayed among bamboostalks in the wind is known as take ni tora, ‘tiger in bamboo’. This representation is generally taken to symbolize that even most powerful of terrestrial forces, namely the king of all animals, had to yield to the forces of nature. As such, the tiger in the take ni tora representation is also said to be identified with the wind itself, symbolizing as it were the rustling wind in the bamboo grove.
The image is that of the greatest celestial animal strength and that of the greatest terrestrial animal strength, the ultimate superiority of the elements of nature over and above the earthly forces.”

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In 1889 a book on Japanese art by Huish said that the tiger “…is very often depicted in a storm covering beneath bamboos, signifying the insignificant power of the mightiest of beasts as compared to that of the elements. When merely seen in connection with bamboos, it is so because its power is such that it can transverse a thousand miles at a stride, even through a bamboo forest.”

Merrily Baird on “A tiger sheltering in bamboo. The tiger is said to be the only animal capable of penetrating bamboo thickets, and the pairing of the two is said to represent the weak giving shelter to the strong.”
Also this Netsuke from Honolulu museum (not in bamboo, but combination as well)

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