Japan, mid 19th century - 5411

Titolo: 
Goat
Numero di Inventario: 
5411
Tipologia: 
netsuke
Collezione: 

East

Parole chiave soggetto: 
Goat
Autore, ambito, luogo di produzione: 
Not signed, Japan
Periodo: 
1800
Datazione specifica: 
mid 19th century
Pubblicazione: 
Si
Materia e Tecnica: 
wood
Data di Ingresso: 
2005
Acquisizione: 
Maria Taglietti Lanfranchi
Tipo di acquisizione: 
bequest

Wooden netsuke depicting a goat sitting on its rear paws, while the front ones are one folded and the other on the ground. The animal's head is turned to the left, slightly tilted upwards. The two holes of the himotoshi are between the back side and the base.

The goat is the eighth animal of the Chinese zodiac, it represents the sixth month and the time between one and three p.m. . In China it is a symbol of filial piety because it kneels when breastfeeding; furthermore, because its name is yang, it is put in relation with the homophone character that identifies the male principle. The goats are not native to Japan, they were introduced in the archipelago by the Dutch in the seventeenth century, perhaps for this reason, it is not always easy to understand if the artist has actually depicted a sheep, a goat or a ram.

In netsuke, goats appear as subjects at least since the eighteenth century: it is present in fact in the repertoire of Kyōto artists such as  Masanao and Okatomo, who were skilled in creating naturalistic images of this animal, particularly refined and perfect in every detail of the carving.

G.R.