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What is it made from ?

Tomohisa
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What is it made from ?

Postby Tomohisa » Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:41 pm

Dear Forum,

thank you for acceptance here.
Can I please ask you what the material can be of this antique ? First I tought wood, but now not so sure. Thank you.
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Re: What is it made from ?

Postby AFNetsuke » Fri Apr 27, 2018 12:20 am

Looks like wood to me. Can we see the other side? Did you feel the weight was too heavy or light to be wood or some other fearure I'm not seeing?
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Re: What is it made from ?

Postby chonchon » Fri Apr 27, 2018 12:50 am

Could be wood, umoregi, or even umimatsu perhaps. Umoregi is wood that has part-fossilized in watery or boggy conditions, but umimatsu 'sea pine' is a kind of coral that has rings in the texture similar to your Netsuke.
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Re: What is it made from ?

Postby souldeep » Fri Apr 27, 2018 8:11 am

Welcome to the forum Tomohisa - Agree with Piers on this one. Its a cross section of coral. Can also see the concentric rings of the coral. The second image also displays some translucent elements you find in coral, you won't find in wood.

Agree with Alan though - only you can answer his question in the handling - unimatsu (coral) is much denser than wood. It will feel heavier than a like for like in wood.
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Re: What is it made from ?

Postby Clive » Fri Apr 27, 2018 8:20 am

I believe its wood.. probably one of the ironwoods or related species.

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Re: What is it made from ?

Postby souldeep » Fri Apr 27, 2018 8:21 am

Clive wrote:Nope... it's wood

Hi Clive and good morning :lol:

What discounts this being Unimatsu?
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Re: What is it made from ?

Postby souldeep » Fri Apr 27, 2018 8:26 am

Clive wrote:I believe its wood.. probably one of the ironwoods or related species.

Not sure what happened - I think you must have deleted the post I quoted above and posted this one instead.

Looking at the different iron wood examples I can see your point.
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Still, the concentric rings look very coral like. Especially the part where one the rings have slightly split. I'd be fooled.
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Re: What is it made from ?

Postby Tomohisa » Fri Apr 27, 2018 8:27 am

thank you for input AFNetsuke, souldeep and chonchon, Clive.

here a few more pictures :
the seller describing it as LACQUERED WOOD.
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Re: What is it made from ?

Postby souldeep » Fri Apr 27, 2018 8:29 am

Tomohisa - would you share more images please, with the piece outside in natural light? Your photo's are too dark.
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Re: What is it made from ?

Postby souldeep » Fri Apr 27, 2018 8:41 am

Tomohisa wrote:the seller describing it as LACQUERED WOOD.

You added this comment in an edit, after my last post.

If I am understanding correctly it is not yours currently?

Can you request better pictures? The seller is photographing a dark object against a white background. You need to know what you are doing with a camera to carry that off. Looks like auto exposure to me.
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