Tenaga - inv. 5704

Titolo: 
Tenaga
Numero di Inventario: 
5704
Tipologia: 
netsuke
Collezione: 

East

Classe iconografica: 
Genre
Parole chiave soggetto: 
man figure
Motivo attribuzione: 
bibliography
Autore, ambito, luogo di produzione: 
not signed, Japan
Ambito e luogo di produzione: 
Giappone
Periodo: 
1800
1850
Datazione specifica: 
mid 19th century
Pubblicazione: 
Si
Materia e Tecnica: 
horn
Opere correlate: 
Data di Ingresso: 
2005
Acquisizione: 
Maria Taglietti Lanfranchi
Tipo di acquisizione: 
bequest
Collocazione riservata: 
Laboratorio restauro
Tipo di collocazione: 
deposit

The netsuke, carved in horn, depicts Tenaga (手長), "Long Arms": sitting with the left knee raised, the character stretches up his very long upper limbs, and the left hand holds the wrist of his right arm whose hand is clenched into a fist, and the head is bent forward, his expression somewhat characterized, with eyes and mouth wide open. There are no holes for the passage of the cord (himo), which, however, could easily be inserted in the space between the arms of the character.

Normally Tenaga is shown with another figure: Ashinaga. They represent legendary people of the coast of Eastern China. In several representations Ashinaga, thanks to its long legs, can emerge easily from the waters of the rivers, while Tenaga sinks his long arms in search of fish, molluscs and crustaceans, food of which both are greedy. Due to this prerogative the couple is shown as an example to the benefits of peaceful cooperation. For composition, quality of material, carving sophistication and emotional intensity, this piece is one of the most interesting of the Lanfranchi collection.

Besides this piece the Lanfranchi collection includes two groups of Tenaga and Ashinaga and one of which is signed Ryoji

G.R.