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Fish & Other Aquatic Creatures as Netsuke Subjects

What subject or legend is depicted in your netsuke or sagemono?
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Fish & Other Aquatic Creatures as Netsuke Subjects

Postby DSW90049 » Thu Jun 23, 2016 2:27 pm

Let's share pics from our collections of Fish and all other Aquatic Creatures - if it lives in or near water, real or imagined, show it here. Netsuke and Sagemono in all its forms! A celebration of the fact that a goodly portion of our planet is covered with water, a substance that we cannot live without for very long.

I'll start with my favorite Giant Carp.
Ignore the Old Gent riding atop this Carp and focus on the eye of the Carp.
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Re: Fish & Other Aquatic Creatures as Netsuke Subjects

Postby DSW90049 » Fri Jun 24, 2016 5:38 pm

Another extraordinary Carp:

Lot 2015Y
Ivory netsuke of a carp By Masanao (Kyoto, late 18th century)
Sold for US$ 57,950 inc. premium
THE BLUETTE H. KIRCHHOFF COLLECTION OF NETSUKE AND SAGEMONO

NEW YORK

LOT DETAILS
Ivory netsuke of a carp by Masanao, (Kyoto, late 18th century)

Shown swimming, its body twisted to the right, its large tail passing around the same flank creating a compact composition, the fins drawn in, one forming the himotoshi signed in an oval reserve Masanao
2in (5cm)
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A fine example of this subject, of which very few by Masanao are known. One is illustrated in Neil Davey, Netsuke: A Comprehensive Study Based on the M.T. Hindson Collection (London: Sotheby Parke Bernet Publications, 1974), no. 160; a second is illustrated in Frederick Meinertzhagen and George Lazarnick (ed.), MCI, the Meinertzhagen Card Index on Netsuke in the Archives of the British Museum (New York: A.R. Liss, 1986), p. 444 sold by Sotheby's, Paris, 11 June 2009, lot 280.
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Re: Fish & Other Aquatic Creatures as Netsuke Subjects

Postby AFNetsuke » Fri Jun 24, 2016 8:18 pm

Yours, David?
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Re: Fish & Other Aquatic Creatures as Netsuke Subjects

Postby DSW90049 » Sat Jun 25, 2016 12:45 am

Alan, I truly wish!

I heard that one went home to Japan, but I do not know for sure - perhaps others know more.

The whole B. Kirchoff Auction was filled with great pieces. I think, but have to check (this old memory. . . .), that there is another Kyoto Masanao
Fish subject netsuke that sold in this auction too - if memory serves me well, a most interestingly conceived, stylized fish. Will check & if so, post it on this thread - unless somebody beats me to it!
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Re: Fish & Other Aquatic Creatures as Netsuke Subjects

Postby jbjtennyo » Thu Jun 30, 2016 2:59 pm

This cheerful carving illustrated in Barry Davies Oriental Art, collection of Willie Bossard, signed Ikkyu, 19C - from a small Nagoya school founded by Bazan. 4cm
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Re: Fish & Other Aquatic Creatures as Netsuke Subjects

Postby KPR » Thu Jun 30, 2016 3:22 pm

Jumping Carp in the waterfall. Eyes inlaid with mother of pearl and Unimatsu.
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Re: Fish & Other Aquatic Creatures as Netsuke Subjects

Postby KPR » Thu Jun 30, 2016 3:35 pm

A very similar octopus was sold in the last Bonhams Auction in London. Probably made by the same carver.
Largest dimension 4.5 cm, weight 55.3 grams.
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Re: Fish & Other Aquatic Creatures as Netsuke Subjects

Postby jbjtennyo » Thu Jun 30, 2016 3:44 pm

Impressive additions to this thread, Klaus. I remember someone telling me that the carp swimming upstream were symbolic of Samurai -their strenght and perseverance against unmeasurable odds. I found this online just now that relates to that legend.
"The koi fish has a powerful and energetic life force, demonstrated by its ability to swim against currents and even travel upstream. Some of the characteristics associated with the koi include:
Good fortune
Success
Prosperity
Longevity
Courage
Ambition
Perseverance
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Re: Fish & Other Aquatic Creatures as Netsuke Subjects

Postby AFNetsuke » Thu Jun 30, 2016 7:55 pm

Klaus, your carp in waterfall is a superior piece. It would be a great Boys Day gift that would serve as inspiration for a lifetime for a well-heeled Japanese sprout.
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Re: Fish & Other Aquatic Creatures as Netsuke Subjects

Postby DSW90049 » Thu Jun 30, 2016 8:14 pm

I was hoping somebody would post carp swimming upstream - that's a fine one, Klaus!

Legend has it that the carp that makes it all the way upstream, in addition to providing Samurai inspiration, becomes a dragon.

Judy, yours is so very delicate.

The Octopus has incredible detail. It is startlingly realistic (IMHO, to the extent I've
seen one up close and personal)!
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