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Crane Ojime

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Nio
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Crane Ojime

Postby Nio » Thu Apr 28, 2016 1:50 am

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My daughter was recently married and as a gift from all the guests present to her and her new husband I gave her this ojime on a miseru and chain. With the story in brief that to the Japanese cranes signify longevity and the dancing cranes signify happiness so all present wished them a long and happy life together.
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Re: Crane Ojime

Postby NetsukeManiac » Thu Apr 28, 2016 1:55 am

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Re: Crane Ojime

Postby AFNetsuke » Thu Apr 28, 2016 2:40 am

Nio, what a thoughtful gift. A great piece.
Not sure you wanted the photos to just show as attachments as I could not enlarge them when I clicked on the photos.
If, after they upload from your files, you click on "place in-line" we will get a larger view of the pieces. Files up to a certain size (about 200Kb) will load in-inline and appear larger with no option to click to enlarge. Those files that are larger will be placed as smaller image but when we click on the image it will enlarge.
Personally, I'd like to see your (daughter's) piece appear in the larger format!
Dave, that's a nice well-used piece.
Alan

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Re: Crane Ojime

Postby angel » Thu Apr 28, 2016 9:13 pm

Nio, that's a beautiful ojime. And express your feelings to your daughter the best possible way. She appreciated the real mind. Congratulations.
Dave I also like your netsuke, the resemblance is very interesting. Sculptor different, but the same scene and meaning. Nice pieces.

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Re: Crane Ojime

Postby Nio » Fri Apr 29, 2016 3:08 am

Alan, I have placed in line, has this come through better for you

Dave, Another much worn and loved crane ojime, thank you for sharing it has a lot of similarities.

Angel, Could we possibly see some pics of your avatar?

Bill
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Re: Crane Ojime

Postby AFNetsuke » Fri Apr 29, 2016 4:28 am

Thanks, Bill. They seem to appear the same so the original files might not have been that large. At any rate we can see it is a desirable piece.
Alan

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Re: Crane Ojime

Postby angel » Fri Apr 29, 2016 11:40 pm

Of course Nio.
This particular ojime was my first piece.
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This photograph I made it with different light, is better than the others.
It represents four birds flying over a sea of big waves. The eyes are inlaid horn. It is 18 millimeters.
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Re: Crane Ojime

Postby AFNetsuke » Sat Apr 30, 2016 12:41 am

Angel, have you considered what kind of birds they are? Are they plovers? There is a long-billed plover in China but with over 600 species I have not looked through the list of birds in Japan. Perhaps any time we see low flying birds of similar form to yours flying over water in Japanese art we have just been calling them plovers? In this Hiroshige print hanging in my entry you can see similar birds below the ship and a flock in the distance above.
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Hiroshige ukiyo-e with plovers
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Re: Crane Ojime

Postby chonchon » Sat Apr 30, 2016 1:07 am

What a great print, Alan, and what a clever spot! You must be right.

Plovers are called チドリ or 千鳥 Chidori (literally 'thousand birds') in Japanese and they are often found in designs with waves. I have a lacquer tray with this motif. My Japanese bird book, however, had no examples and no mention in the index, and this was seriously frustrating me, until I noticed the title of the stupid book, "Birds of the mountains and fields".
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Re: Crane Ojime

Postby Clive » Sat Apr 30, 2016 2:09 am

The bill of the birds depicted isn't like that of the plover family.. but another feature, what looks like a crest in the carving.. together with waves and the heavy bill (even if not quite long enough) could be suggestive of another bird found in Japan.. the Greater Crested Tern

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Probably not a specific species though.. just a generic bird.
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