Ryoji - 5520

Titolo: 
Three Oni on a Mask
Numero di Inventario: 
5520
Tipologia: 
netsuke
Collezione: 

East

Parole chiave soggetto: 
Three oni on a mask
Autore, ambito, luogo di produzione: 
Ryoji, Edo/Tokyo school
Pubblicazione: 
Si
Periodo: 
1850
Datazione specifica: 
Ono Ryomin workshop, late 19th century
Tipo di iscrizione: 
signature
Trascrizione o identificazione: 
凌次 (Ryoji)
Materia e Tecnica: 
ivory
Opere correlate: 
Data di Ingresso: 
2005
Acquisizione: 
Maria Taglietti Lanfranchi
Tipo di acquisizione: 
bequest

This netsuke depicts three oni (demoni,鬼) –  one of which is playing the shamisen (三味線), a japanese musical intrument with three chords –  sitting on a mask characterised by a prominent nose.

The mask could represent Sojobo, the oldest and most powerful of the tengu (天狗), usually shown with a very long nose. Lanfranchi insted identified it with the representation of Saruta Hiko, a Shintoist deity with a very long nose and in some cases as long as seven arms. Often, Saruta Hiko is depicted in netsuke with Okame that holds him from his long nose. The signature Ryoji can be found on the back of the mask.

Ryoji, active in the second half of the 19th century, was a member of Ono Ryomin’s workshop, an important artist of the Edo/Tokyo school. Sometimes he signed as Ono Ryoji (小埜 凌次). His production was mainly for export. In the Lanfranchi collection there is another netsuke, having as subject Ashinaga and Tenaga, with a rather different character style of Ryoji's (凌次) signature.

G.R.

AC/DC: 
DC