Giappone, II half 19th century - 5388

Titolo: 
Fukusuke and a Bowl with Two Goldfishes
Numero di Inventario: 
5388
Tipologia: 
netsuke
Collezione: 

East

Parole chiave soggetto: 
Fukusuke and a Bowl with Two Goldfishes
Autore, ambito, luogo di produzione: 
Not signed, Japan
Periodo: 
1850
Datazione specifica: 
II half 19th century
Pubblicazione: 
Si
Materia e Tecnica: 
laquered wood
Data di Ingresso: 
2005
Acquisizione: 
Maria Taglietti Lanfranchi
Tipo di acquisizione: 
bequest

The okimono,  decorated with grey, red and gold lacquer, depicts a child standing with his left hand resting on the edge of a large bowl with two goldfishes swimming inside. His robe is adorned with motifs of fans, floral spirals and waves. On one of the fans there is a golden ideogram, 寿 "kotobuki" written in cursive style, whose meaning is an omen of "longevity". The outside of the bowl is decorated with waves over wich three boats that carry bundles of herbs and flower corolla are visible. The child could be identified as Fukusuke (literally "good luck"), a type of doll that represents a chubby child with a very big head. It was believed that this type of doll were a talisman and that it would bring prosperity to the family that exposed it.

There are other examples that are stylistically similar to this piece, but the fish tank seems to have never been seen before. It is a type of object that is datable to the second half of the nineteenth century, more likely produced in a lacquerers workshop rather than in a netsukeshi one.
 

G.R.