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Lacquered ashtray netsuke

Postby Jordi » Fri May 05, 2017 5:27 pm

Adding to my collection of lacquered Japanese artwork is this ashtray netsuke. The wood exterior is lacquered in ishime-nuri style while the interior bowl and peg are copper. Ishime-nuri is a textured lacquer technique which uses coarse kanshitsu-fun to create a stone like texture. Around the circumference are some plants including a plum blossom in takamaki-e and hiramaki-e style lacquer.

It measures 4 cm across and 1.6 cm high excluding the peg and dates, I believe, to the Meji period.

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Re: Lacquered ashtray netsuke

Postby AFNetsuke » Fri May 05, 2017 8:34 pm

Great description, Jordi.
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Re: Lacquered ashtray netsuke

Postby chonchon » Sat May 06, 2017 1:16 am

Unusual, and a sweet example.

'Ishime' (stone face) is used to describe metalwork finishes on sword fittings like Tsuba, the background or 'ji' being Ishime-ji instead of -nuri (painting,lacquering). You can see tap marks from the kiseru bowl edge. It's a pity that someone has cleaned the copper bowl so brightly. Patina needs a bit of TLC. 8-)
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Re: Lacquered ashtray netsuke

Postby AFNetsuke » Sat May 06, 2017 3:08 pm

Is the bowl so bright due to using flash? Jordi, can we see it in natural light?
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Re: Lacquered ashtray netsuke

Postby Jordi » Sat May 06, 2017 11:03 pm

Thanks for your comments Alan & Piers.

Yes, I've seen ishime-ji on Tsuba, Fuchi Kashira and other sword fittings. It's a very attractive finish as is ishime-nuri as a lacquer finish on wood. The photos were taken under a spotlight to highlight the surface detail and the lacquered plants and plum blossom.

I'll take a photo under natural light tomorrow.

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