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Examples of Umoregi

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Examples of Umoregi

Postby neilholton » Wed Feb 08, 2017 1:09 am

Here is a pavilion in umoregi by Horaku.
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Re: Challenging 'the obvious'

Postby Tsunuki » Thu Feb 09, 2017 5:30 am

My 2002 ninth printing still has both bats as umoregi.

If no one else starts an umoregi materials topic, I was planning to do so within the next month (or this discussion could get turned into one). Other than the very fine pavilion that Neil posted, the internet is mostly bereft of information regarding umoregi netsuke. I found a bunch of them recently, so I've been eager to discuss the material.

Some features of umoregi (aka jet, lignite, fossilized wood):
* Mostly dark (jet) black, with dark brown chocolate color in cracks and holes. Leaves a chocolate color when rubbed against unglazed porcelain
* The polished surface is smooth and glossy with just a hint of a wood grain, and often has fine cracks or crazing that make it appear like charred wood
* Brittle. Opaque. Doesn't float in water (but don't put your netsuke in water)

Here's my first, a very simple, mildly Shunga manju of a radish (sold as umimatsu):
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Re: Challenging 'the obvious'

Postby KPR » Thu Feb 09, 2017 9:42 am

Ryan, interesting piece, I hope to see more of this fascinating material.
The bandwidth is very large, depending on wood material and type of origin.
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Fossilized bamboo from Java, 90 cm high. It is more a stone than a wood, very heavy and cold.
In the left foreground, a piece from the "Petrified Forest" in Arizona.
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Re: Challenging 'the obvious'

Postby Tsunuki » Sun Feb 12, 2017 5:37 am

That fossilized bamboo is wonderful!

Here are a couple more umoregi netsuke. The first is a fish manju, similar in shape to the radish I posted earlier. With those it almost seems like someone was just carving a piece of scrap material. The second is a eggplant, definitely my favorite so far (and a nice surprise; I had thought it was going to be wood). I have two more I haven't received yet, a chestnut and a cicada.
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Re: Challenging 'the obvious'

Postby KPR » Sun Feb 12, 2017 9:14 am

It is not a real Umoregi.
But this old driftwood shows traces of a petrification.
The front shows Mount Fuji above the clouds. There is a forest at the foot.
The back is left to the imagination.
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Re: Examples of Umoregi

Postby souldeep » Sun Feb 12, 2017 7:19 pm

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Re: Examples of Umoregi

Postby Hiryu » Wed Feb 15, 2017 7:05 am

bug on branch
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Re: Examples of Umoregi

Postby AFNetsuke » Thu Feb 16, 2017 4:23 pm

Is the tapered end to the left the natural surface of the material or carved that way as bark? Is it a wasp? The head/thorax look more like a cicada.
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Re: Examples of Umoregi

Postby Hiryu » Thu Feb 16, 2017 9:52 pm

Due to the size of wings, head, eyes etc., I think it's a cicada. See picture attached. But, hey, I am not an entomologist! :-)

As for the tapering of the block, I think it was carved that way because the elevation of the insect means the original material was likely thicker at one time. It is carved to look like a cut log or maybe a block of charcoal?
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