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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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Re: Fish & Other Aquatic Creatures as Netsuke Subjects

Postby KPR » Mon Sep 05, 2016 3:50 pm

AFNetsuke wrote:In light of Klaus' reminder of amorous Octopus/Monkey combinations, the Takotsubo shown by Reinhardt does appear to have a more playful than sinister look.

agree, it´s a playful shunga.
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Re: Fish & Other Aquatic Creatures as Netsuke Subjects

Postby KPR » Fri Feb 23, 2018 4:31 pm

To revive this extensive and interesting thread here is a Manju.
A composition of an abalone and pairs of octopus, thai fish and eel.
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Re: Fish & Other Aquatic Creatures as Netsuke Subjects

Postby AFNetsuke » Tue Feb 27, 2018 1:05 am

Here's another Tai Fish done with lacquer. But I have a question. Is this a fish monger or chef simply preparing a dish or do the man's big earlobes lead us to interpret this as one of the lucky gods, Ebisu?
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Re: Fish & Other Aquatic Creatures as Netsuke Subjects

Postby chonchon » Tue Feb 27, 2018 4:55 am

Certainly an unsual pose for Ebisu, but you may be right. Beautifully detailed. Holding a knife?
I am not an expert in the subject, so I ran a J search for Ebisu statues that you can compare:
https://search.yahoo.co.jp/image/search ... e%3Dsearch
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Re: Fish & Other Aquatic Creatures as Netsuke Subjects

Postby souldeep » Tue Feb 27, 2018 9:09 am

KPR wrote:A composition of an abalone and pairs of octopus, thai fish and eel.

Klaus - I believe the one on the side is an octopus, the one on the front a squid. Nice find!
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Re: Fish & Other Aquatic Creatures as Netsuke Subjects

Postby KPR » Tue Feb 27, 2018 9:24 am

souldeep wrote:
KPR wrote:A composition of an abalone and pairs of octopus, thai fish and eel.

Klaus - I believe the one on the side is an octopus, the one on the front a squid. Nice find!

Sorry, as a mountain dweller, I know seafood only prepared.
For a lover of Thai cuisine, the Tai fish has unconsciously turned into a Thai fish. :D
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Re: Fish & Other Aquatic Creatures as Netsuke Subjects

Postby jbjtennyo » Tue Feb 27, 2018 1:00 pm

Klaus, very unusual Manju netsuke. It certainly is a seafood sampler! A pretty unique composition..
Alan, I agree with you that this seems to be Ebisu. I think he is too over dressed to be a chef and fish monger, and the earlobes hint that he's not your everyday guy. I used to have an Okimono netsuke that portrayed Ebisu and Daikoku using a rope wrestling a large fish. In your netsuke, he seems to be wrestling the fish alone!
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Re: Fish & Other Aquatic Creatures as Netsuke Subjects

Postby KPR » Tue Feb 27, 2018 1:42 pm

Judy, you are absolutely right. This is the outfit of a wrestling fish monger or chef trying to split the catch with a knife.
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Re: Fish & Other Aquatic Creatures as Netsuke Subjects

Postby souldeep » Tue Feb 27, 2018 1:48 pm

:lol: Great character! Osaka school. Possibly Dosho or even maybe Anraku. Is it signed?
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Re: Fish & Other Aquatic Creatures as Netsuke Subjects

Postby KPR » Tue Feb 27, 2018 2:08 pm

The piece reminds me of Anraku. The signature is Shigemasa but in any case Osaka school. The execution of the signature does not have the quality of the execution of the piece.
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