Grazing Horse, 18th century - inv. 5601

Titolo: 
Grazing Horse
Numero di Inventario: 
5601
Tipologia: 
netsuke
Collezione: 

East

Classe iconografica: 
Genre
Parole chiave soggetto: 
Grazing Horse
Motivo attribuzione: 
bibliography
Autore, ambito, luogo di produzione: 
Not signed, Japan
Ambito e luogo di produzione: 
Japan
Periodo: 
1700
1750
Datazione specifica: 
18th century
Pubblicazione: 
Si
Materia e Tecnica: 
ivory
Data di Ingresso: 
2005
Acquisizione: 
Maria Taglietti
Tipo di acquisizione: 
bequest
Collocazione riservata: 
Laboratorio restauro
Tipo di collocazione: 
deposit

Netsuke depicting a horse with its neck and head bent, while grazing with its hooves very close to each other. The two holes of the himotoshi, one larger than the other, are located on the back of the composition. The horse (uma, 馬) is the seventh animal of the oriental zodiac, it symbolizes strength, endurance and virility.

This model of the Lanfranchi collection exemplifies one of the oldest types of netsuke horse, whose origins can be traced back to the eighteenth century, a period during which various masters, especially among those living in Kyōto, had created similar objects. In fact it is very likely that this posture, loved because it allowed to take advantage of the ivory tusk's shape that by its nature tends to shrink near the tip, was first conceived by Tomotada, only to be later used  by Yoshinaga and his pupils, with results of great intensity, to whom a certain number of unsigned horse netsuke can be attributed.

G.R.

 

AC/DC: 
DC