Can you just feel the confidence spewing from me in that title? Well, I’m honest if nothing else. What I do know about this thing is that it’s big, it’s amazing, it’s beautiful, it needs repaired, and that I absolutely had to have it. What I don’t know about it is…well, just what in the mighty blue fuck it actually is.
So here it is. It’s a… display in a display? I don’t goddamn know, but BEHOLD:
I’ve got some glass to replace, some finish to repair, and some fine carving to reseat.
I think that it might be missing something up here, but I have no idea what it could be because I don’t know what this is.
It has stairs and a balcony. Because…reasons?
It has a front door. Because WHY NOT.
So, I’m going to get to work cleaning and fixing the things I can identify. But anyone have any earthly idea what this is? It was sold as a “Netsuke Reliquary.” I’m not sure that’s a thing, and I’ve also never seen a netsuke display that looks like this. Provenance is only as old as the mid-1930’s.
Is it a really bizarre and custom kamidana?
Is it just someone’s amazing art project?
Did people rip hot rails of white lightning off of this thing?