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Herder/Ox Netsuke

Postby Tama » Sat Jul 15, 2017 1:27 pm

My recent acquisition of a herder/ox netsuke leaves me with many questions. I cannot find the carver anywhere and there is quite a bit of writing on the bottom of the base. I posted the base on FaceBook to ask my Japanese FaceBook friends for a translation. Two were helping with the translation, but I am still not clear on the translation. I would like to ask for help clarifying the Japanese literal translation into a what my western mind can grasp.

This is the translation:
「以豊後国田埜長者写左甚五郎(良)作意」=Copied Hidari Jingorou's design with material of Tanochoja in Bungo country (Oita prefecture. Tano is a place name there.)
「天保三年辰六月日」=Tenpou 3 year of dragon (1832) june.
「佛平舎刀」=Buppei company carved.
「佛平」=Buppei
「写之」=Copied this

I asked if Buppei could be read another way and I was told it could be Futsuhira or Hotohira and may be a Buddha carver.

It is very small 3 1/2 cm x 3 1/2 cm x 1 1/2 cm

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Re: Herder/Ox Netsuke

Postby AFNetsuke » Sat Jul 15, 2017 4:09 pm

Great inscription. Hopefully it can be clarified here.
Alan

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Re: Herder/Ox Netsuke

Postby Bakurae » Sun Jul 16, 2017 1:09 pm

A wonderfully lively one, Jill, as if the boy has just managed to jump onto the back of a startled ox that isn't ready to be ridden placidly home just yet. I look forward to hearing what the inscription says.

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Re: Herder/Ox Netsuke

Postby AFNetsuke » Sun Jul 16, 2017 3:10 pm

"Buppei" doesnt feel right. Hotohira seems better interppretation.
Alan

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Re: Herder/Ox Netsuke

Postby jbjtennyo » Sun Jul 16, 2017 4:29 pm

Hi Jill,
I have been checking around, and I found that Hidari Jingoro was a (possibly fictitious) Japanese sculptor artist during early Edo period who did sculpture and many other arts and crafts.
So my wild guess is that this is a very nice folk art carving that was copied from one of the wood carved sculptures done by Hidari Jingoro. The carver of the netsuke (Buppei?) thoughtfully documented his work as a copy and dated it. He also tells you that he used a found material (wood?) from Tanochoja.
Just a possibility....it is really an interesting find, Jill! Congrats!
Judy

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Re: Herder/Ox Netsuke

Postby Tama » Sun Jul 16, 2017 7:17 pm

Thank you! I am quite happy with this find. I feel if this is folk art, the carver had an eye for detail and skill. Both the ox and the herder's faces are well rendered. The herder is teeny tiny! His head is only .5 cm. I wonder what "Buppei Company" is or was? With the date of 1832 lands this netsuke in Edo period which makes me happy!!!

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Re: Herder/Ox Netsuke

Postby Thomas1 » Sun Jul 23, 2017 2:37 pm

I wouldn't categorize this as folk art. It is too well done. :)

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Re: Herder/Ox Netsuke

Postby carlomagno » Mon Jul 24, 2017 1:54 am

IMHO I think this Netsuke has much more merit than folk art, but reading would be great to understand it.
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