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Solid Silver Netsuke

Discussions, identification and analysis of the different types of Metals used in Netsuke, predominately Kagamibuta composition.
Izzy
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Postby Izzy » Sat Sep 29, 2012 7:08 am

Hi all,

I have recently acquired a solid silver netsuke of a peasant with a sack on his back. The sack has an oni face peeping out. I think the casting is of good quality. There is a signature on the rear and it has two himitoshi's, one being bigger than the other.
Can anyone advise me if they think this was a mass produced made yesterday piece. It is solid and not hollowed out. />I hope the picture comes out OK on the attachment.

Any comments would be most welcome

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Postby NetsukeManiac » Sat Sep 29, 2012 9:00 am

Interesting netsuke you have there. The subject is a 'Yakuharai' which literally means 'driving out misfortune', or sometimes referred to it as a peasant oni hunter. If you can post a clear photo of the signature, maybe we can figure out who the artist was. For your reference here is a wood one that I own.

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Izzy
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Postby Izzy » Sat Sep 29, 2012 7:44 pm

Thank you for your help SC. It would be great if you could read the signature. Do you think this appears to be a good netsuke to have in ones collection or a 'tourist' piece?

Thanks

Izzy

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Tengu
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Postby Tengu » Sat Sep 29, 2012 8:41 pm

Here is a very similar piece of wood. The signature is GYOKKEI. The metal netsuke are most later cast copies.



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Postby LUBlub » Sun Sep 30, 2012 12:04 pm

Izzy...with few exceptions netsukes made in cast copies take models of original netsukes carved in ivory or wood...they are sometimes very good metal works like your...in all collections it is easy to find (and to have) metal netsukes, as a curiosity (thew was obviously very heavy to wear)...here I post some exemples of metal solid netsukes in my Coll...
one of them is a silver ashtray netsuke in the shape of a Samurai helmet, other one copy of an monkey ivory pc....etc...

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Postby LUBlub » Sun Sep 30, 2012 12:32 pm

And since two days ago this one, KOMAI figure Hotei, is in my Collection...

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Postby Tengu » Sun Sep 30, 2012 1:34 pm

Luigi, your pieces are a very good overview of the metal netsuke. I love the Komai Hotei. The best Komai netsuke which I have seen.
The helmet is a real old metal netsuke, this can not be made from ivory, bone or wood.

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Postby LUBlub » Sun Sep 30, 2012 4:30 pm

Tengu wrote:Luigi, your pieces are a very good overview of the metal netsuke. I love the Komai Hotei. The best Komai netsuke which I have seen.
The helmet is a real old metal netsuke, this can not be made from ivory, bone or wood.


Hi Tengu!...We know that massive netsukes are one diminute excercize of the japanese metalworkers with inspiration in the "mini" work of their colleagues in ivory or wood...but what always impress me is the level of their task considering material and raw thecnic...here other exemples in my collection...
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Postby LUBlub » Sun Sep 30, 2012 4:36 pm

And finally...
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Postby OldKappa » Wed Oct 03, 2012 12:22 pm

Welcome to the forum Izzy.

Are you sure your piece is solid silver? Since there is no assay mark, who guaranteed that it is solid silver?

As you can see, usually they are just plated brass.

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