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 Post subject: Netsuke Sculptures
PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 6:59 pm 
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I think that we don’t have a topic about Netsuke, so I thought that it would be interesting if I made one. If the similar topic already exists fell free to delete mine. :)
Netsuke (根付) are miniature sculptures dating back from the 17th-century Japan. At the beginning they had a practical function (the two Japanese characters ne+ tsuke mean "root" and "to attach"). Because Kosode and Kimono had no pockets men who wore them needed a place to store their belongings. The solution was to place them in containers (called Sagemono) that hung from the Obi. The containers may have been pouches or small woven baskets, but the most popular were boxes called Inrō. The fastener that secured the cord at the top of the sash was a carved, button-like toggle called a Netsuke.
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During the 19th century, the opening of Japan's ports and the introduction of Western-style suits and uniforms, Netsuke became fashionable accessories favored by Westerners for their carving and size. With the increasing number of foreigners in Japan, the market for Netsuke as a collector's item expanded. Most Netsuke sculptures can be held in the palm of the hand and are portable, which made them perfect souvenirs. They were exported in large numbers.
Two of the most commonly used materials for Netsuke were ivory and wood. About 80% of antique Netsuke were carved in various types of Japanese wood—cypress, cherry, black persimmon, yew, camphor and camellia. Elephant tusk ivory was one of the most popular materials for centuries. You can also see Netsuke made out of porcelain.

The most numerous type of Netsuke are three- dimensional figures called Katabori who, unlike most sculptures, have the underside of the base also carved.
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Katabori Netsuke

There is also one type called Kagami- a round base and a lid fashioned of a flat disk of medal. Bronze, copper, gold, iron silver and many more metals are used. The most popular were Shakudô (copper and gold) and Shibuichi (copper and silver).
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Kagami Netsuke

The themes are various. They go from nature, mythical tales and historical figures to gods and demons.
So, if you have some cool photos of Netsuke, please share them! :D Here is one of mu favorite Netsuke
http://www.ivoryandart.com/servlet/the-2282/netsuke,ivory,mammoth,tusk,carving,asian,art,scrimshaw,fossile,-netsukes,-netski,-/Detail
And if you want to find out more go to
http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/nets/hd_nets.htm
http://library.thinkquest.org/27458/nf/sculpture/netsuke.html
Here is also a book that might be interesting for some of you
http://wood.woodtools.nov.ru/books/carv_netsuke/carv_netsuke.pdf
Some Netsuke sculptures
http://www.pbase.com/k_amj/netsuke
Enjoy! And I cant wait to see what sculptures you found :D


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 Post subject: Re: Netsuke Sculptures
PostPosted: Fri Nov 01, 2013 6:09 pm 
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Here are some if you are interested... :)
http://www.cc.rim.or.jp/~komada/e-carving.html
http://www.graysantiques.com/antiqueDetail.php?antique=272
http://ancientpoint.com/inf/108781-antique_japanese_netsuke_japanese_mother__son_carving_h1975.html
http://www.artantique.net/en/ivory/netsuke_3.html
https://www.pinterest.com/pinner7542/netsukes/
http://www.ivoryandart.com/servlet/the-1897/netsuke,ivory,mammoth,-carved-ivory,-ivory/Detail


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 Post subject: Re: Netsuke Sculptures
PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 3:39 pm 
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Looks like nobody likes netsuke... :(
Well, anyway, if someone is still interested in the topic you can see more netsuke (and buy them) here
You can also find more info here


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 Post subject: Re: Netsuke Sculptures
PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 8:51 am 
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Oh I like netsuke ! I just didn't see your topic ^^; , I don't go often on this part of the forum.

I will explore your links :).

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 Post subject: Re: Netsuke Sculptures
PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 2:03 pm 
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Oh that's great! Thank you! :thanks: I think netsuke is an art form unique to Japan and should get more attention. :D
P.S. If you have something to add, please feel free to do so. :)


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 Post subject: Re: Netsuke Sculptures
PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2014 9:48 am 
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This is very interesting Akiko! You've done a great job :)


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 Post subject: Re: Netsuke Sculptures
PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2014 5:34 pm 
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Oh thank you! :thanks: I'm glad you like it. :D If you find something interesting on the topic, please feel free to share you'r finds. :)


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 Post subject: Re: Netsuke Sculptures
PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2014 6:32 pm 
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I remember some years ago I discovered a nice website which sells many asiatics antiquities. There were japanese items like netsuke but how expensive it was O_O !
Unfortunetely I don't find it again, despite the prices it was a great site to admire these objects.

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 Post subject: Re: Netsuke Sculptures
PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2014 7:42 am 
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Yes netsuke are quite expensive, because of the material they are made of and their age. Here is the most expensive netsuke sold in 2004. :shock:
And there is an article that says:
nytimes wrote:
...He said that there are thousands of people prepared to pay $1,000 to $50,000 for netsuke, 200 to 300 who will spend $5,000 to $25,000 and perhaps 50 people who will acquire netsukes for $50,000 or more.

You can read the whole article here
Also there is a Nestuke Buying Guide on eBay and there are more useful information there (the materials they're made of and how to care for them...)


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 Post subject: Re: Netsuke Sculptures
PostPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2014 3:20 pm 
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About inro (these little boxes which are attached by a netsuku) I found 3 offers on ebay which are not so expensive in comparison with others on ebay :
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ladys-Sash-Belt ... 5b00ac4580
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ladys-Sash-Belt ... 5b00ace118
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ladys-Sash-Belt ... 5b00acf58b
Do you think they are original handcraft items or just modern copies ? I hesitate to buy one of them.

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 Post subject: Re: Netsuke Sculptures
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These are very nice! :D I think they are just copies. I doubt that a collectible netsuke (fore example from the Edo or Meiji period) would be in such a good condition.


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 Post subject: Re: Netsuke Sculptures
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Here is an interesting Inro selling on eBay. It's relatively cheap considering the prices of other similar items
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Japanese-antique-Inro-Ojim-Mother-of-pearl-Bone-Sparrow-Bamboo-/321542934180


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 Post subject: Re: Netsuke Sculptures
PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2014 8:18 am 
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It's a nice one indeed !

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