Diving Girl - 5432

Not signed, Japan

Diving Girl
late 18th - beginning 19th century
8,1x1,8x1,1 cm
2005 bequest Maria Taglietti Lanfranchi
Inv. 5432

This netsuke represents an ama (海女), a female diver fishing  seafood, in particular abalones (awabi,鮑), oysters (kaki, 牡蠣) and seaweeds (kaiso, 海藻), wearing a hay skirt and carrying a sickle knife on her side. In this model the woman is depicted while moving her wet hair to get rid of the water and dry it.  The two holes of the himotoshi are on the back and are placed vertically between the shoulders and the pelvis. This subject is common in the period dating between the 18th and 19th century.  
In the Lanfranchi collection there is another netsuke that represents an ama, it is one of the most valuable ones in the collection.



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