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what kind of wood in this manju ?

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DreamCollector
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what kind of wood in this manju ?

Postby DreamCollector » Tue Jul 12, 2016 7:16 am

Hello,

this is my new addition that I wanted to post in the Inexpensive Beginner grouping.
But I would like to know what kind of wood this is, because there are lighter regions in the dark wood.
The subject is hares and moon ? It is simple, but it is something mysterious that attracted me.
format is +/- 4 cm.
thank you for your help !
hare.jpg

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Re: what kind of wood in this manju ?

Postby lohrberg » Tue Jul 12, 2016 7:49 am

Looks like persimmon wood (kurogaki),

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Re: what kind of wood in this manju ?

Postby Bakurae » Tue Jul 12, 2016 11:44 am

A subtle, lovely thing--that should be inspiring for beginners!

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Re: what kind of wood in this manju ?

Postby jbjtennyo » Tue Jul 12, 2016 12:50 pm

A touch of mineral oil to lubricate the wood and a good rubbing with a 100% cotton t-shirt will bring it back to its lustrous life. I use either a q-tip or a small artists paint brush to even get down in the grooves with a tad of mineral oil, let it sit a while, and then buff with the t-shirt. Works for me.
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Re: what kind of wood in this manju ?

Postby DSW90049 » Tue Jul 12, 2016 2:37 pm

It's hard to make out the details - take Judy's advice, and then show us another pic after!

The Hare and The Moon is a theme of Old Japan - whereas Westerners see a 'Man in the Moon,' in Old Japan, they saw a Hare (a/k/a Rabbit) - hence the Lunar Hare theme.

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Re: what kind of wood in this manju ?

Postby Clive » Tue Jul 12, 2016 4:54 pm

Since Japanese persimmon when used in netsuke cannot be reliably or readily distinguished from many other species in the same genus (including those which are commonly referred to as Ebony).. it is much safer IMO to simply identify this material Diospyros.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diospyros

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Re: what kind of wood in this manju ?

Postby DreamCollector » Wed Jul 13, 2016 9:58 am

Thank you for this information about the material and also for tips of the take-care of the wood.
Is this 19 century or 20 ?
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