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#1 BIG

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Posted 14 March 2017 - 09:49 PM

A mystery ...
http://www.simonpill...JP cat 2015.pdf

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 01:46 PM

I've seen a couple of these over the years. None as artful as this however. John



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Posted 21 March 2017 - 03:57 PM

Freezes my screen so I have given up trying to see it.
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Posted 22 March 2017 - 01:46 AM

Barry, thanks for the pm with link. As John says above. They tend to be listed and collected by Netsuke enthusiasts, and besides the appellation Chato, you will also see them referred to as Doctors' swords, or Bokuto for Doctors, for the tea ceremony, etc. Admittedly they cause some scratching of heads and some debate as to who would have worn these, why and when.

They do come up now and again. You can see examples in museums. Last week I saw one in the Pitt Rivers in Oxford. There were a couple on sale in an antiques shop in London. There is a thread somewhere on the INS Netsuke Society pages:
http://forums.netsuke.org/
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Posted 22 March 2017 - 03:10 AM

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