Nobumasa - 5649

Titolo: 
Pumpkin and Aubergine
Numero di Inventario: 
5649
Tipologia: 
netsuke
Collezione: 

East

Classe iconografica: 
Genre
Parole chiave soggetto: 
Pumpkin and Aubergine
Autore, ambito, luogo di produzione: 
Nobumasa - Japan
Ambito e luogo di produzione: 
Japan
Pubblicazione: 
Si
Periodo: 
1850
Datazione specifica: 
mid 19th century
Tipo di iscrizione: 
signature
Trascrizione o identificazione: 
信正 (Nobumasa)
Materia e Tecnica: 
wood
Opere correlate: 
Data di Ingresso: 
2005
Acquisizione: 
Maria Taglietti Lanfranchi
Tipo di acquisizione: 
bequest

Netsuke that depicts a pumpkin (kabocha, 南瓜) on which there is an aubergine (nasu, 茄). The pumpkin stem is bent on itself and serves as himotoshi. At the base of the two vegetables, on a rectangular reserve, the signature Nobumasa (信正) is engraved.
This type of edible pumpkin, that is different to the hyotan (葫), a gourd with a harder shell and the shape of a bottle, therefore used in ancient Japan as a container for liquids, was often represented in netsuke.

Nobumasa, artist active around the mid 19th century, worked mainly in wood that he then tinted; he loved to represent vegetables and animals.
To see a netsuke from the Lanfranchi collection, that has hyotan as subject, see the piece by Shunzan.

G.R.

AC/DC: 
DC