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Postby AFNetsuke » Thu Jan 22, 2015 12:28 am

Carlomagno, when I said it may draw some "skeptical" comments I was referring to the piece being sold as a Baku (by a very high end dealer) rather than just saying it's an unusual elephant.
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Postby carlomagno » Thu Jan 22, 2015 2:21 am

ouuuuu right ,got it , and you see, is an elephant with baku's attitude
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Postby jbjtennyo » Sat Jan 24, 2015 12:44 am

It is a very stylized  interpretation, most original, and I vote it is a Baku--for a couple of reasons-- a baku is not real and and elephant is.  This creature has, as you pointed out a very short trunk--almost reminds me of an anteater--but also his feet are the feet of a baku--or at least, they are nothing like any elephants feet I have ever seen.  I think the saddle design was the artist way of adding some more elaborate pattern to the top of the netsuke, and tying it to the designed bottom.  SO,  Since he is a combination of features from other animals, I agree with the high end dealer--it is baku.  So put him by your bedside and let him eat away at all those bad dreams!  And feel better in the morning!!!
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Postby AFNetsuke » Sat Jan 24, 2015 12:56 am

Judy, I'll put him under my pillow tonight! Thanks for your thoughts.
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Postby onimh » Sat Jan 24, 2015 1:47 am

He's two things:

First, and always: He's whatever you want him to be.

Second: He's what someone would carve, who's never seen either an elephant or an accurate rendition of an elephant, when asked to carve an elephant described as having big ears, a long nose, a long tail and is kind of fat.

Quite unique!


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Postby Vlad » Sat Jan 24, 2015 1:57 am

Agree with onimh. It looks like all elephants were Baku in Japan back then.Image
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"Man sieht nur, was man weiß" - "One sees only what one knows". Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

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Postby AFNetsuke » Sat Jan 24, 2015 2:00 am

Vlad, of course they were. Which would you rather have hanging around your bedroom at night watching over your sleep?
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