Gyokushu - 5499

Titolo: 
Raijin, God of Thunder
Numero di Inventario: 
5499
Tipologia: 
netsuke
Collezione: 

East

Parole chiave soggetto: 
Raijin, god of Thunder
Autore, ambito, luogo di produzione: 
Gyokushu, Edo/Tokyo school
Periodo: 
1850
Datazione specifica: 
Ryuchin workshop, late 19th century
Pubblicazione: 
Si
Tipo di iscrizione: 
signature
Trascrizione o identificazione: 
玉秀 (Gyokushu)
Materia e Tecnica: 
ivory
Opere correlate: 
Data di Ingresso: 
2005
Acquisizione: 
Maria Taglietti Lanfranchi
Tipo di acquisizione: 
bequest

This netsuke shows a figure of demonic aspect sitting on a large drum. It is Raijin (or Raiden), the god of thunder, which has among his typical attributes the drum he is painting (or cleaning) with a bristle brush. The umbos of the drum, decorated on both sides with the motif of the "three commas" (mitsu tomoe), are inlaid in horn. At the base of the drum there is the signature Gyokushu  (玉秀).


Gyokushu was a skilled artist who produced netsuke and okimono mainly for export. Active in Tokyo in the late nineteenth century, he favoured among his subjects, groups of figures including demons (oni, 鬼). In this regard, see the other okimono by the same author in the Lanfranchi collection, and also a second unsigned model of Raijin.

G.R.