chonchon wrote:Ryan, I think your intricately carved Tsuishu manju is signed 如親 Jochika, (and possibly Kao, or Sai), but Martyn has my signatures book, so I am working in the dark. Possibly you can find such an artist in Wrangham, but I do not have my copy here. (If you struggle finding an artist with this signature, try both Nyo and Jo as readings for the first character 如.)
Thanks for the help with the signature! I've just put in an order for Wrangham's "The Index of Inro Artists", so I'll give that a check. It should help with some other lacquer netsuke and inro as well.
Forgot to mention Ryan´s manju a beautiful intrincated carving, what are the measures? I like the strong signature. congratulations as well
Thanks! Dimensions are 1.80" diameter (46 mm) and 0.67" thickness (17 mm).
jbjtennyo wrote:Ryan I love the intricacy and the diverse nature of the carvings on your manju. It makes me wonder if those shapes represent something. Really lovely. I wonder what the cord peg looked like - if it was carved or plain, or if possibly a different material? We can only imagine now... Nice!
Thanks! I'm not sure on all the symbols. The ShiShi mask is unfamiliar to me in that besides the swirling pattern in the middle of its forehead, it looks to have long horns behind its ears. Otherwise, there are flowers (a peony and chrysanthemums), three tomoe swirls (the two-fold one above the ShiShi looks more like a Chinese taijitu, or yin-yang), two flame-like designs (?), karakusa style tendrils, and traditional patterns including waves (seigaiha), interlocking manji (sayagata), possibly arrow fletching (yagasuri), and whatever the swirling diamond pattern on the bottom of my last photo is called (?).
jbjtennyo wrote: I wonder what the cord peg looked like - if it was carved or plain, or if possibly a different material? We can only imagine now... Nice!
Based soley on the wear around the hole I imagine there was a metal fitting rather than an organic material.
My first instinct was also a metal fitting. I assume the side with the ShiShi mask was the front (it has the better decorations), and it definitely looks like whatever fitting it had was fixed in place on that side (lots of residue in that flat area around the hole). Also, the inside of the hole is bare wood, so whatever fitting it had probably wasn't meant to be removed. But If I replace it I'll probably just go with a simple wooden peg, since I'd be mostly useless in making a replacement metal fitting. A carved lacquer peg would've been nice though.