Rain Dragon - inv. 5622

Titolo: 
Rain Dragon
Numero di Inventario: 
5622
Tipologia: 
netsuke
Collezione: 

East

Classe iconografica: 
Genre
Parole chiave soggetto: 
Rain dragon
eroe
Autore, ambito, luogo di produzione: 
not signed, II half 19th century
Ambito e luogo di produzione: 
Japan
Pubblicazione: 
Si
Periodo: 
1800
1850
Datazione specifica: 
second half of 19th century
Materia e Tecnica: 
ivory
wood
morther of pearl
Opere correlate: 
Data di Ingresso: 
2005
Acquisizione: 
Maria Taglietti
Tipo di acquisizione: 
bequest
Collocazione riservata: 
Laboratorio restauro
Collocazione: 
not on display

This netsuke, which was also used as a seal, is almost certainly inspired by a Chinese model and it depicts a dragon (tatsu or ryu or ) on a oval plinth. Under the base there are  four ideograms in tensho characters which have not been identified. The himotoshi is natural.

The rain dragon (amaryu,
蛟龍) is one of the many dragon variations described in the Chinese literature. It is believed it had yellow scales, it had no horns, it was similar to a marine horse and it had the power to control the rains and the floods.
In Japanese art, representations of this animal started to appear only in the 17th century. In the Lanfranchi collection there is a different representation of the theme of the dragon that was made with unusual materials.  

G.R.


 

 

AC/DC: 
DC