dougsanders wrote:I work as a paper conservator, with library, archival and art materials at a University, but then on evenings and weekends I carve netsuke All conservators seem to have a great eye though for noticing details
I wouldn't attempt a replacement myself; chiefly because so much of the re-carved piece would be conjecture.
It's an interesting topic- repair- and it's gone through quite a lot of approaches over the years, at least in the museum and conservation professions. Different countries take different approaches and certainly different eras have found different solutions and ethics. Next time you're at a museum, have a look around- particularly in areas of ceramic and sculpture collections and you'll likely see different approaches going on. Play 'spot the repair'!
I would personally ask for a return, but I'm not much of a collector- there are others on the forum more able to comment on the topic of buying/selling and the risks involved. Certain collecting areas are more accepting of damage than others, and certain collectors have a higher tolerance. Where you fit in all of that, only you can determine, but of course experience plays a part in shaping one's attitude
One other thing- I suspect the subject of your okimono isn't a hunter, but maybe some sort of legend involving a samurai killing a boar. The only one I've been able to find was someone who killed a giant one, with his bare hands- Washinowo Saburô- which I don't think is the case here.
There was a 14 day return period, so in all fairness I could have returned it. I'd like to tell you what I paid for it so you can better judge of the magnitude of the mistake - but my understanding is I'm not allowed to say here. But suffice it to say I did not bid to win and was amazed and pleasantly surprised when I did win it.
Thanks again for your very helpful advice, I'm not going to do anything until I've thoroughly researched it.
But I'm not too concerned with a replacement part that wasn't exactly like the original, some speculation would be involved.
But I bet you could get close.