Tenaga and Ashinaga - 5692

Titolo: 
Tenaga and Ashinaga
Numero di Inventario: 
5692
Tipologia: 
netsuke
Collezione: 

East

Classe iconografica: 
Mythology
Parole chiave soggetto: 
Tenaga and Ashinaga
Autore, ambito, luogo di produzione: 
Not signed, Japan
Pubblicazione: 
Si
Periodo: 
1850
Datazione specifica: 
mid 19th century
Materia e Tecnica: 
ivory
Opere correlate: 
Data di Ingresso: 
2005
Acquisizione: 
Maria Taglietti Lanfranchi
Tipo di acquisizione: 
bequest

This netsuke represents Tenaga (long arms, 手長) and Ashinaga (long legs, 足長) sitting side by side, dressed only in a thong. While the first is crouching, holding his long legs with his folded arms, the second puts his arms, which are also bent on the head of his companion. This type of composition, is quite unusual in the depiction of Tenaga and Ashinaga, as the most classic iconography shows these imaginary beings while fishing helping each other. The himotoshi are natural, formed in the space between the two figures.

One of the favourite themes from the Edo school in the first half of the nineteenth century, along with subjects drawn from Chinese and Japanese history and everyday life, was Tenaga and Ashinaga, often inspired by the images contained in the Manga by Katsushika Hokusai.

The Lanfranchi collection comprises a second piece with Tenaga and Ashinaga realized by Ryoji and a particular piece in which only Tenaga is represented.

G.R.

AC/DC: 
DC