Subjective Art of Carved Netsuke

by ani.choudhary on July 7, 2014

Like most art, the subjective representation of netsuke remains inspirations from everyday life of the artists and the society. Due to the long periods of isolation in the Japanese society due to stringent traditional customs and law, netsuke grew to be self-expression of art that became popular long after the practical aspects were lost.

However, the rich tradition of carving netsuke depicting the rich traditional and cultural aspects continues. Subjects included are trades, craft, mythical animals and rich folklore that form the basis of all netsuke creations even today. Some of the common subjects that were used and are still popularly carved on netsuke include:

#1- People: Famous, mythical gods and historical personalities including Samurai warriors and children are an evergreen subject for carving.

#2- Professions and trade: Another commonly seen subjects include craftsmen including fishermen, artists, woodcutters, merchants are used.

#3- Animals: From zodiac animals like tiger, rat, rabbits, dragons to octopus, which has sexual connotes, have been popular subjects of carving netsukes. Most of the octopus have nine tentacles and are wrapped around women.

#4- Mythical subjects: Some of the most popular subjects in this category are the Seven Lucky Gods, Buddha, Japanese and Chinese mythological animal including dragons and half-humans

#5- Shunga: These are erotic netsuke category which depicts various different positions of sexual conjugation while others may have symbolic references.

Additionally, there are other subjects that are represented including plants, non-living objects such as coins, cliffs and homes. There are rare netsuke that depicts scenes from mythology and history.

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How To Collect Mammoth Ivory Netsuke?

by ani.choudhary on June 4, 2014

The constant demand for ivory products is increasing and there seems no end to it. Though US laws have recently banned the import, exchange and trade in all elephant ivory products, mammoth ivory is completely legal for trade all over the world. The only reason being that woolly mammoths are extinct can be harmed any more while elephants are on the verge of extinction. However, the miniature sculptures or netsuke are one of the most popular collectibles and are mostly Japanese in art and design.

And if you are just starting your collection, talking with a reputed collector can give you an insight about the prices, how to develop a discerning eye for detail and which netsuke yield more profits in the long run. Though mammoth ivory is a primary material, there are numerous other materials that are used to craft netsuke including marine ivory, boar tusks, whale tooth, bear teeth, sea pine, amber and even petrified wood. Though the prices of netsuke vary depending upon the artists who have carved it, the quality of workmanship and the material used, you can find something in your budget easily. You can browse a large and varied collection of mammoth ivory and wood netsuke at http://www.mammothivory.info

 

 

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Judging The Quality And Grade Of Mammoth Tusks

May 18, 2014

Although mammoth ivory is constantly been found buried in the vast tundra expanses, not all of the tusks are found in pristine conditions. Therefore, the haul of mammoth ivory is graded by traders before artists and companies buy them. Here is a quick look at the various grades and qualities that differentiate each group. Starting [...]

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Cultural Development of Erotic Shunga Netsuke

May 3, 2014

One of the most popular netsuke collectibles are the erotic netsuke which are termed collectively as Shunga art. The origins lie in the repressed and orthodox cultural milieu of the 13-17th century Japan when sexual expression were given as different forms of art including carved netsuke and paintings. The term ‘Shunga’ means spring, which symbolized [...]

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What is Mammoth Ivory Scrimshaw?

April 16, 2014

The art of engraving images and etching on bone or ivory is termed as Scrimshaws. Started out to keep the Dutch crew on whaling ships occupied when they were idle, the beautiful art turned out to be collectibles centuries later. The materials they used originally were whatever was normally available which included whales bones and [...]

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