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Bone Netsuke

onimh
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Bone Netsuke

Postby onimh » Sun Jun 05, 2016 4:41 pm

It just occurred to me that I don't recall ever seeing a "genuine" netsuke made of bone. [Not antler, horn, tusk, etc... but truly bone]
Are there any?
If not, isn't it safe to say that any netsuke described as such are either NLOs or ivory netsuke being described and sold illegally?

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Re: Bone Netsuke

Postby Tama » Sun Jun 05, 2016 5:16 pm


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Re: Bone Netsuke

Postby onimh » Sun Jun 05, 2016 5:24 pm

I was also sent a link to the Mang collection which included a bone sennin netsuke selling for 5 figures.
Thank you for the responses.

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Re: Bone Netsuke

Postby AFNetsuke » Sun Jun 05, 2016 11:02 pm

Most of the bone netsuke I've handled were relatively low end. The majority of those advertised on the Internet for sales are intentionally misidentified as you suggest. Good ones exist though.
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Re: Bone Netsuke

Postby jbjtennyo » Tue Jun 07, 2016 3:32 pm

I recall that Antonio had a Manju that was carved of bone, and it was a map of Japan on the face as I recall. I have since seen a couple of others as well. So you know, a bone netsuke has small dark spots over the surface--I know Clive could explain it better. I will see if I can find an image for you.
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Re: Bone Netsuke

Postby AFNetsuke » Tue Jun 07, 2016 4:59 pm

Those little dark spots are the canals of the osteons.
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Re: Bone Netsuke

Postby jbjtennyo » Tue Jun 07, 2016 5:52 pm

Thank you Alan, I could not remember what they were--just that they were a strong feature of bone.
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Re: Bone Netsuke

Postby jbjtennyo » Tue Jun 14, 2016 10:25 pm

I knew I would find one if I kept looking. This one in Virginia Atchley's collection. A bone manju of a map. Notice the creamy white color with spotting -the canals of the osteons! :D
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