Monkey on Bamboo Stalk and Ladybug - inv. 5679

Titolo: 
Monkey on Bamboo Stalk and Ladybug
Numero di Inventario: 
5679
Tipologia: 
netsuke
Collezione: 

East

Parole chiave soggetto: 
Monkey on Bamboo Stalk and Ladybug
Motivo attribuzione: 
bibliography
Autore, ambito, luogo di produzione: 
Not signed, Japan
Ambito e luogo di produzione: 
Japan
Periodo: 
1850
Datazione specifica: 
II half 19th century
Pubblicazione: 
Si
Materia e Tecnica: 
ivory
Opere correlate: 
Data di Ingresso: 
2005
Acquisizione: 
Maria Taglietti
Tipo di acquisizione: 
bequest
Collocazione riservata: 
Laboratorio restauro

Netsuke depicting a playful monkey cub (saru, 猿) sitting on a bamboo (take, 竹) stalk; on the front there is a ladybug, lacqued in black whit red dots. The holes of thehimotoshi are on the bottom side of the bamboo.
The style and the technique used to dye this model suggets  that it was made in the late 19th century.

The monkey is the ninth animal of the zodiac; it symbolizes the seventh month and the time between 3 p.m and  5 p.m.
In the japanese tradition monkeys are connected to fertility and it is believed that they protect from evil, from sickness and that help reproduction.

For an unusual representation of this animal in the Lanfranchi collection see the monkey by Chokusai.

G.R.