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Antique Japanese Ivory Netsuke Horse Coming Out of Gourd Lucky :)

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Posted 3 years ago


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this is one of my favourite Netske pieces...I loved the way the artist made the horse so measurs 2 inches by 1.25 wide and does have a crack going...but loved it anyway....I was never into Netske but this one I had to buy :))


  1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    Perhaps the crack was intentional?
    The horse within a gourd?
    I wonder if there is a literary reference?
    It seems that there is a Japanese expression that translates as 'horse from a gourd' it is a humourous expression equivalent to 'out of the blue':
  2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    Gourd or Hyotan is a symbol of Good Luck.
    "Hyotan kara koma ga deru".
    "Koma" means a horse, but of course a horse can't spring out of a gourd.
    The meaning is that things can happen in unexpected places.
  3. toracat toracat, 3 years ago
    Mary does or is that a lid or cork like on top, does it remove? It is really special! Horse is cute! I use to grow gourds! I traded some to a Pomo Indian lady and she made a painting of my son and dog! I really like gourds! Pumpkins too! My son and I use to enter Giant Pumpkin contest every year!! LOVE that horse and gourd!!!
  4. epson233 epson233, 3 years ago
    always love your post -- we have so many things in common -- own many of these items -- some real -- some really good fakes -- but i have learned over the years how to recognize the difference
  5. Moonstonelover21 Moonstonelover21, 3 years ago
    toracat, the top does not come off. I added the bottom picture of the gourd. We have a lot in common...xoxoxo
  6. Moonstonelover21 Moonstonelover21, 3 years ago
    BELLIN68, XOXOXOX for all your wonderful comments :))

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