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#1 hddennis

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Posted 04 December 2016 - 07:32 PM

Just acquired this tiny inro from another collector who claimed it was from the early 1900's. Can anyone shed any light on it's use or translate the signature? Was it a toy? Could it have been made for a child?

 

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Posted 05 December 2016 - 01:21 PM

Perhaps aristocratic child's formal dress decoration for audiences with, for example, the Emperor. (?)

Since they were normally no longer worn or used by then, could it not be an upmarket art object for the thirsty (western) appreciative eye?

A lovely set. Can you show the back of the Netsuke?
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Posted 05 December 2016 - 04:34 PM

Netsuke Back 2.JPG Here's the back of netsuke. I think it represents what I've seen listed as a document box. It almost looks as if you could really open it. The coin shows how small this whole thing is.


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Posted 06 December 2016 - 02:26 AM

Sweet. How's your grass script? The Netsuke reminds me more of a miniature Tebako 手箱 than a 文箱 Fumibako.
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