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Subject:Netsuke - Bone? Age? ID?
Posted By: Marilyn Fri, Sep 11, 2020 IP: 2605:6001:e281:2900:

This came to me as an estate distribution. No info on provenance. 2" x 1/5" Heavy for it's size, I have an Alaskan walrus ivory abt same size and weight. I can thread the holes.

It seems to have seams, so I thought it might be 20th cent. bone? Perhaps fairly recent?

Can you translate the kanjis, please? Any insight is helpful. Thanks!

Subject:Re: Netsuke - Bone? Age? ID?
Posted By: Ernest Wilhelm Sat, Sep 12, 2020

As far as I can see it is a Chinese Tagua nut (plant ivory)carving about 20-30 years old.

Subject:Re: Netsuke - Bone? Age? ID?
Posted By: Stan Sat, Sep 12, 2020

It is 20th century and likely fairly recent. You can look at the white surfaces (not shown in the pictures) to see if there are Schreger lines (ivory). It looks like there might be Schreger lines on the surface on the right side of the last picture.


Subject:Re: Netsuke - Bone? Age? ID?
Posted By: I.Nagy Sun, Sep 13, 2020

Otherwise the signature reads,
中川 - Nakagawa

With regards,
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