Kyotani - 5434

Titolo: 
Woman combing her Hair
Numero di Inventario: 
5434
Tipologia: 
netsuke
Collezione: 

East

Parole chiave soggetto: 
Woman combing her Hair
Autore, ambito, luogo di produzione: 
Kyotani, Tokyo school
Periodo: 
1850
Datazione specifica: 
II half 19th century
Pubblicazione: 
Si
Tipo di iscrizione: 
signature
Trascrizione o identificazione: 
京谷 (Kyotani)
Materia e Tecnica: 
ivory
Data di Ingresso: 
2005
Acquisizione: 
Maria Taglietti Lanfranchi
Tipo di acquisizione: 
bequest

The netsuke depicts a  woman naked from the waist up while combing her long wet hair (kamisuki, 髪隙), after she has washed them in a tub full of water placed in front of her. At her side there is a box with a lid on which she holds the towel she used to dry her hair. The two holes of the himotoshi, of similar size and of a nearly oval shape, are located under the piece, next to the signature Kyotani (京谷). Washing and cleaning the body is an ancient tradition associated with Shintoism. However, in the past only rich people could afford private bathrooms, while in the city common people used public baths, places that ended up having also a social gathering function. Many Japanese artists took advantage of public baths to study the nude.


There is no biographical information about Kyotani (Kyogoku) that probably was active in the Meiji era (1868-1912). Some okimono, produced for the export market, with a very similar signature is known.

G.R.