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Victor
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another boxwood mask of Okame

Postby Victor » Fri Dec 08, 2017 3:17 pm

Good afternoon, I have found another mask of Okame, almost on a par with my similar post on this subject. 43mm tall x 36mm wide. My reading of signatures has not improved, inspite of having access to Laz's book, could this mask also be by Shugetsu or am I way off ?
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jbjtennyo
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Re: another boxwood mask of Okame

Postby jbjtennyo » Fri Dec 08, 2017 5:43 pm

This is signed Ryuzan. In the book "Netsuke Masks" by Bushell, there is one mask group by Ryuzan. See image below.
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Re: another boxwood mask of Okame

Postby pjburton » Fri Dec 08, 2017 5:48 pm

Victor wrote:Good afternoon, I have found another mask of Okame, almost on a par with my similar post on this subject. 43mm tall x 36mm wide. My reading of signatures has not improved, inspite of having access to Laz's book, could this mask also be by Shugetsu or am I way off ?


This is a Shugetsu signature on one I have.
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Re: another boxwood mask of Okame

Postby Victor » Fri Dec 08, 2017 6:01 pm

thank you very much for the reading and the images

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Re: another boxwood mask of Okame

Postby chonchon » Sat Dec 09, 2017 1:09 am

Victor, that is a lovely mask by Ryuzan you have there, even though the first photograph above made me feel dizzy. Sadly masks of even good quality do not reach the dizzy heights of other types of Netsuke in the West.

Of the two characters in your signature, the second is 山 yama, mountain, which can also be read san/zan depending on its role in a word.
Yama would be the old native Japanese word from before the introduction of Chinese writing. San or zan reflects the Chinese pronunciation that to some measure came in with the Kanji alphabet at the end of the 4th century AD. The character represents three mountains, the middle one higher. If you don't believe me look at this!
https://search.yahoo.co.jp/image/search ... 7%E5%B1%B1
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Re: another boxwood mask of Okame

Postby AFNetsuke » Sat Dec 09, 2017 1:48 am

chonchon wrote:
Of the two characters in your signature, the second is 山 yama, mountain, which can also be read san/zan depending on its role in a word.
Yama would be the old native Japanese word from before the introduction of Chinese writing. San or zan reflects the Chinese pronunciation that to some measure came in with the Kanji alphabet at the end of the 4th century AD. The character represents three mountains, the middle one higher. If you don't believe me look at this!
https://search.yahoo.co.jp/image/search ... 7%E5%B1%B1

Great info for new collectors, Piers.
Alan


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