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Netsuke39 of 64Antique Japanese Ivory Horse Frog Netsuke Morning Flower. Ivory snuff bottle. Signed by artist. Japanese
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    Posted 8 years ago

    Moonstonel…
    (765 items)

    this is one of my favourite Netske pieces...I loved the way the artist made the horse so real...it 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 :))

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    1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 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':
      http://blastitwonner.blogspot.com.au/2008/12/phrase-of-day-horse-from-gourd.html
    2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 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, 8 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, 8 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, 8 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, 8 years ago
      BELLIN68, XOXOXOX for all your wonderful comments :))

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