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Netsuke (根付?) are miniature sculptures that were invented in 17th-century Japan to serve a practical function (the two Japanese characters ne+tsuke mean "root" and "to attach"). Traditional Japanese garments—robes called kosode and kimono—had no pockets; however, men who wore them needed a place to store their personal belongings, such as pipes, tobacco, money, seals, or medicines.

Their solution was to place such objects in containers (called sagemono) hung by cords from the robes' sashes (obi). The containers may have been pouches or small woven baskets, but the most popular were beautifully crafted boxes (inrōWink, which were held shut by ojime, which were sliding beads on cords. Whatever the form of the container, the fastener that secured the cord at the top of the sash was a carved, button-like toggle called a netsuke.

Netsuke, like the inrō and ojime, evolved over time from being strictly utilitarian into objects of great artistic merit and an expression of extraordinary craftsmanship. Such objects have a long history reflecting the important aspects of Japanese folklore and life. Netsuke production was most popular during the Edo period in Japan, around 1615-1868. Today, the art lives on, and some modern works can command high prices in the UK, Europe, the USA, Japan and elsewhere. Inexpensive yet faithful reproductions are available in museums and souvenir shops.

I have a modest collection of these Netsuke. I find the quality of the carving to be quite delightful and I like them just to look at. I hope that you will also.
V1 is a carving of Shoki the demon queller seated with an attendant demon.
V2 is a hardwood and ivory depicting an old man carrying a bird in a cage.
V3 is an ivory carving of a youth covered in a fish skin

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D300S Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:105.0 mm f/2.8
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:22 May 2013 - 4:32 PM
Focal Length:105mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.2
Aperture:f/16.0
Shutter Speed:1/5sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:Shoki
Username:Maiwand Maiwand
Uploaded:22 Jun 2013 - 8:39 PM
Tags:Carving, General, Specialist
Votes:49
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shishidog
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22 Jun 2013 - 8:48 PM

The skill shown in these little miniature carvings is amazing. I used to have one but I now regret having sold it. There are many reproductions and you should never ever consider collecting them until you can tell the difference.

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Maiwand
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22 Jun 2013 - 8:54 PM

Thanks for the comment shishidog. I lay no claim to a 'learned' collection and I do not regard mine as overly valuable. I just enjoy them for the pleasure of looking at them and handling them.
Ron

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Louise_Morris
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22 Jun 2013 - 9:01 PM

I have seen models such as these at Antique Fairs and always find them quite fascinating. I was pleased to read your info on them - most interesting Ron. I think we all collect something in one form or another - many of us on here would say cameras or lenses I suspect. Wink Smile

A very well presented set and thanks for sharing your models with us!

Hope you are going along OK, take care,

Lou

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RonnieAG
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22 Jun 2013 - 9:11 PM

Very well captured set of these fascinating and expensive objects, Ron: have seen many on the Antiques Road Show but nine as fine as these.
David Batty would have a field day with this lot.
Ronnie.

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fentiger
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22 Jun 2013 - 9:37 PM

Excellent still life studies.

Albert

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NeilWigan
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22 Jun 2013 - 9:51 PM

The skill and patience of the carvers is something to marvel at.

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Ade_Osman
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22 Jun 2013 - 9:56 PM

Worth a few bob too I would imagine.......Good stuff Ron and a great narrative to boot. I just love EPZ, you learn something new everyday Wink

Ade

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lonely_oryx
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22 Jun 2013 - 10:27 PM

Fascinating subjects

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richmowil
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22 Jun 2013 - 10:40 PM

Excellent information and images!! I like them a lot!!

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hasslebladuk
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22 Jun 2013 - 10:52 PM

Great set of images Ron the light and detail is spot on
mike

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taggart
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23 Jun 2013 - 1:31 AM

I enjoyed your text-- will be on the lookout for one of these-- a beautiful set!

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Daisymaye
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23 Jun 2013 - 5:20 AM

Lovely figurines and worth a lot of money. Great captures of them......Sandy

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Hermanus
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23 Jun 2013 - 5:56 AM

Great write up and lovely images Smile

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CarolG
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23 Jun 2013 - 6:12 AM

What unusual, and very pleasing, miniatures, very well captured. Carol

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Maiwand
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23 Jun 2013 - 6:59 AM

Thanks very much everyone..
Ron

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sparrowhawk
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23 Jun 2013 - 7:47 AM

supervb shot and the write up is wonderful too

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johnjo58
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23 Jun 2013 - 8:39 AM

I love these wonderful little gems Ron. Thanks for the info and the great pictures

David

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rayme330
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23 Jun 2013 - 9:05 AM

Great series, excellently captured and presented, Ron. Interesting info. too.

Ray

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DicksPics
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23 Jun 2013 - 9:27 AM

What a fascinating set of images, Ron!
Such interesting information, too! Thank you!

Richard

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CaroleS
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23 Jun 2013 - 9:40 AM

A most interesting narrative to these fine images. I do like the way the artist has captured the facial expressions.
Carole

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jasonrwl
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23 Jun 2013 - 10:45 AM

Thank you for sharing these Ron - beautiful objects superbly photographed
Jason

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FeatherFriend
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23 Jun 2013 - 11:49 AM

A lovely set Ron and something quite different from you. Great little ornaments and photographed beautifully, enjoyed the write up too, very informative,
Geoff.

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23 Jun 2013 - 12:09 PM

excellent set, nicely composed and presented with a very interesting storyline.

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Greyheron
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23 Jun 2013 - 3:56 PM

You have more than done these beautiful artefacts justice Ron - superb work and a lovely collection too. Enjoyed looking at the collection in the V & A a while ago Grin

Mike

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bricurtis
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23 Jun 2013 - 8:20 PM

Beautifully photographed and presented Ron - interesting and appealing little sculptures as is the narrative.
Brian.

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annettep38
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23 Jun 2013 - 10:47 PM

very interesting write-up. You have done them great justice in your pictures, it shows your interest!
My aunt who lived some 8 or ten years in Japan came back with a great knowledge of Japanese language and culture, she had organised an exposition in the Japanese trade mission . I remember some inro that I admired a lot as a kid and the whole exposition had no more frequent visitor than me after school.

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24 Jun 2013 - 7:15 PM

Really interesting Ron, and great images too

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leontari
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25 Jun 2013 - 1:26 PM

Superb set of images of these lovely miniatures, Ron. Very interesting info as well.
Effrossini

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25 Jun 2013 - 10:24 PM

Lovely shots and love the write up. So interesting and informative. Cathy

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26 Jun 2013 - 9:02 PM

A cracking set of carved characters Ron, some fascinating information about them too. When I saw v2 I thought that was a self portrait!WinkGrinTongue

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Maiwand
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27 Jun 2013 - 3:55 PM

Thanks Ed. You could be quite near the truthTongueTongueTongueTongueWinkWink
Ron

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30 Jun 2013 - 9:38 AM

Fascinating Ron and beautifully captured. Thanks for an interesting and informative write up. A

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