Isshosai - 5415

Titolo: 
Fukurokuju
Numero di Inventario: 
5415
Tipologia: 
netsuke
Collezione: 

East

Parole chiave soggetto: 
Fukurokuju
Autore, ambito, luogo di produzione: 
Isshusai, Japan
Periodo: 
1850
Datazione specifica: 
second half 19th century
Pubblicazione: 
Si
Tipo di iscrizione: 
signature
Trascrizione o identificazione: 
一秀齋 (Isshusai)
Materia e Tecnica: 
ivory
Data di Ingresso: 
2005
Acquisizione: 
Maria Taglietti Lanfranchi
Tipo di acquisizione: 
bequest

This netsuke represents Fukurokuju, one of the Seven Gods of Fortune, and a “Chinese child” (karako, 唐子) behind his back. The latter holds the two ends of a long piece of cloth that is positioned around the deformed head of the deity, which holds in his hands a semi-open roll with the inscription "kannin" (勘忍), which means "patience". Fukurokuju is recognizable because of his disproportional long head, in which, it is said, he holds the wisdom he accumulated during his long life. There are no holes for the cord "himo , that could however pass in between the head of the god and the cloth. The signature Isshusai (一秀齋) is engraved under Fukurokuju’s right foot.

We don’t have any biographical information about this artist, known only thanks to a few of his artworks, recognizable by his strongly characterized signature and it is problematic to define at which school he belonged to. Also thanks to this piece from the Lanfranchi collection it is possible to say that his favourite subjects were the Gods of Fortune, the maritime world and entertainment scenes, that Isshusai always represented with a hilarity and irreverent spirit.

G.R.

AC/DC: 
DC