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Postby DSW90049 » Fri May 17, 2013 1:57 pm

Klaus, that is a wonderful mask!
As you describe it, the amount of work involved to create your mask is truly amazing.

It was Great to see you in London, and to see your wonderful pieces at the In a Nutshell Exhibition, 'Netsuke from European Collections,' exhibition at the Japanese Embassy. Thank you so much for sharing with us, both here & there.
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Postby michael » Fri May 17, 2013 2:21 pm

Whoa, that is nice!!! Here a pic of a laquer one I once saw!
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Postby AFNetsuke » Fri May 17, 2013 4:59 pm

Don't know if it's true but I was once told the blocks of lacquer this type of piece was carved from resulted fromthe drying up of successive batches of lacquer from prior projects rather than an intentional process of making the solid block. Lacquer experts may have a reference for this.
Krause, we truly enjoyed your company and netsuke on display at the Embassy!
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Postby Vlad » Fri May 17, 2013 5:16 pm

 I did read this too, Alan! The block of the lacquer left-overs from use for other lacquer works and subsequently dried-up were reported as a possible mean for later creative works by carvers, and, as we can clearly see, with a great success!
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Postby Tengu » Fri May 17, 2013 6:11 pm

This lacquer blocks were manufactured in a special industry. This Manju is in the V & A Museum. I've also seen carved sushi plates from this material.

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Postby NetsukeManiac » Fri May 17, 2013 10:42 pm

Klaus, the signature on your mask reads 'Shuzan' (this 'shu' meaning 'autumn').

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Postby AFNetsuke » Sun May 19, 2013 6:50 pm

Klaus, I suspect some purely lacquer netsuke were made from purposefully made block which seem to have more equal repeated layers of alternating colors and maybe others from the leftover lacquers that dried in a mixing container resulting in more random layers and perhaps more colors. But clearly some seem intentional as you have shown in the second piece.
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Postby AFNetsuke » Wed Jan 21, 2015 9:34 pm

This suishu (red lacquer) netsuke may draw a few skeptical comments. Sold as a Baku (for obvious reasons), it does have some interesting traits. The trunk and tusks are short, it has tube-like ears more like a dog or even some Kirin might be depicted than an elephant or baku, the tail more like an ox or tiger with generous hair but very different than the shishi-like tails seen on most baku (although some depictions show baku with ox tails), and paws. Perhaps the thing that makes it more likely an elephant is the rug (saddle) tied on its back (as with caparisoned elephants). The himotoshi are interesting with a very generous half-circle large one that could accommodate a knot or two. The nicely patterned base measures 3.5 X 2.5 cm. Whether Baku or elephant I think the artist likely had seen neither in the flesh. But he is a cute little thing. Even if he eats half my bad dreams I'll be happy.
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Postby Vlad » Wed Jan 21, 2015 10:01 pm

Very nice thing, Alan, and very unusual!
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Postby carlomagno » Wed Jan 21, 2015 11:28 pm

skeptical? do not think so, not a master piece but a delicious funny elephant-interpratation almost a toy, congratulations, very unusual!
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