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Amber Netsuke

Discussions, identification and analysis of Stones and Gems used in Netsuke
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Postby LUBlub » Sun Feb 12, 2012 10:20 pm

Clive wrote:Very interesting, Beautiful and fascinating pictures Lub.. 8-)






And , to finalize this subject, I enclose this pressed baltic amber egg usually in the womb of one of my Buddhas, fascinating, thousand reflections, lights, forms...is pressed amber but his final result is pure beauty...good night.
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Postby OldKappa » Fri Feb 17, 2012 11:43 pm

A cat. Unusual subject in unusual material to be sold at auction next month. I will try and contact the netsukeshi and ask him where he obtained the amber.

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Postby DSW90049 » Sat Feb 18, 2012 3:22 pm

The quality and translucence of the amber in that cat, as in Lub's pieces, is truly amazing. I could spend a whole day seeing how each one looks in various light
- they almost have a glow from within. I've been reading about early hominin (they don't call them 'hominids' anymore) archaeology sites in Eastern Europe where they found some amazing chunks of amber among lots else (those Earth Mother carvings with giant hips), but not sure if our ancient relatives carved them, as I would imagine that is hard to do. But, amber of this quality so well carved is amazing to look at.
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Postby Brian_I » Sat Feb 18, 2012 4:38 pm

I've also been quite curious about carving amber with no powered tools.

A while ago, I carved a pendant from amber using only hand tools. It's netsuke-like, so I will post some photos later.

The main thing I've found about carving amber with no powered tools is that your tools must be SHARP and you must have lots of patience, so that you scrape away dust... If you're not careful, you can easily crack ridges.



Website for my work: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bricats-page-Netsuke-and-jewelery-items-Ive-made/296889113706177

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Postby fkc » Sat Feb 18, 2012 5:04 pm

The cat is gorgeous! I was interested in its incised paws, comparing it to the modern tiger recently put up (can't remember the thread name), and recalling the discussion about whether it was machine tooled or not. In the cat, in both paws and signature, the pit floor has tiny, uneven scrape/knife/pick marks and the width of the incision differs along its length. That's what I'd expect from hand tooling and is very different from the ridges/pits on the tiger. I know the materials are different and that amber is more friable, but I'd be expecting to see similar marks on the tiger if it were hand tooled.
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Postby DSW90049 » Sat Feb 18, 2012 6:01 pm

I see what you mean about the paws, Freda - there's a lot you can see if you know where to look and what to look for and that's exactly my fascination in wondering what was used to carve what, and where . . .

Not that I'm going to become a carver here in the entryway to my Golden Years and with seriously arthritic hands (I wish it was just my hands)
- it's strictly a curiosity of mine . . . I follow my curiosities where they take me in this realm and often there are even more curiosities to be found in doing so; as you commented earlier, Freda, that, with netsuke, when you go to ask questions, you often only come up with even more questions!

Those eyes in the amber cat are hypnotic;)!
What are they made of?

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Postby fkc » Sat Feb 18, 2012 6:43 pm

I doubt they're Emerald! Could be Jade or Chrysoprase, though.

Chrysoprase:

http://www.gemselect.com/photos/chrysoprase-gem-272283a.jpg
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Postby LUBlub » Mon Feb 20, 2012 5:24 pm


The artist Akihide is another one who with mastery wotk the amber in a pure jewellery manner...

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Postby DSW90049 » Mon Feb 20, 2012 8:02 pm

Lub, U continue to dazzle me!
~ That's the first Amber Kappa I think I've seen. . .

Unless U have another!
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Postby jbjtennyo » Tue Feb 21, 2012 5:02 pm

I just found this thread, and since Piers mentioned my amber, I thought I would include it in this thread. It was exciting to find a hippo tooth twin of this one, and also find out that Virginia Ashley had at one point a stag antler model. They are all seal netsuke with seals on them representing property or social status. Because of the age of the other ones, and the quality of mine, I do believe that it is an old netsuke (probably 19c, based on the age verifications of the hippo tooth, and the one in Ashley's collection). Any thoughts?

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