Minsho - 5517

Titolo: 
Oni with a Rat
Numero di Inventario: 
5517
Tipologia: 
netsuke
Collezione: 

East

Classe iconografica: 
Mythology
Parole chiave soggetto: 
Oni with a Rat
Motivo attribuzione: 
signature
Autore, ambito, luogo di produzione: 
Minsho - Japan
Ambito e luogo di produzione: 
Jap
Scuola sconosciuta
Periodo: 
1850
Datazione specifica: 
II half 19th century
Pubblicazione: 
Si
Tipo di iscrizione: 
signature
Trascrizione o identificazione: 
眠笑 (Minsho)
Materia e Tecnica: 
wood
Opere correlate: 
Data di Ingresso: 
2005
Acquisizione: 
Maria Taglietti Lanfranchi
Tipo di acquisizione: 
bequest

The composition depicts an oni (demon, 鬼) kneeling with his arms outstretched to grab the corners of a rice measuring box (masu, 枡);  the face, characterized by an expression of surprise, is turned to the right to watch a mouse that climbed on his shoulders. The material used is boxwood with horn inserts. The cord (himo) may pass between his arms. The signature Minsho (眠笑) is engraved on the oni's belly, and on each of the four sides of the box is engraved  the Chinese character 京 miyako, or kyo, which means "capital".
 
It is a parody of the theme of "The Missed Mouse", which normally uses as subject   a rat catcher, a fairly widespread profession in ancient  Japan . Other versions of this parody are known, such as the one where a monkey takes the place of the oni. Very few  Minsho netsuke are documented.
An example of the classic iconography of the rat-catcher in the Lanfranchi collection is the work of Rokko.
 

G.R.