Boy with Dog - 5431

Titolo: 
Boy with Dog
Numero di Inventario: 
5431
Tipologia: 
netsuke
Collezione: 

East

Classe iconografica: 
Mythology
Parole chiave soggetto: 
Boy with Dog
Motivo attribuzione: 
signature
Autore, ambito, luogo di produzione: 
Shunkosai - Japan
Ambito e luogo di produzione: 
Japan
Scuola sconosciuta
Periodo: 
1850
Datazione specifica: 
mid 19th century
Pubblicazione: 
Si
Tipo di iscrizione: 
signature
Trascrizione o identificazione: 
春光斉 (Shunkosai)
Materia e Tecnica: 
wood
Data di Ingresso: 
2005
Acquisizione: 
Maria Taglietti Lanfranchi
Tipo di acquisizione: 
bequest

This netsuke represents a child, depicted along with a dog, that is making the gesture of bekanko (mocking expression that is said to be a corruption of me akou, "eye is red"), which consists of pulling down the lower eyelid with a finger to expose the red underside towards someone. The child hides a fruit skewer behind himself, while the dog looks curiously and hungry. The two holes of the himotoshi are on the back, near the base, one slightly higher than the other. Between the two holes is engraved the signature Shunkosai (春光 斉). The piece is delicately sculptured and has an excellent patina.

We do not have biographical information about Shunkosai. From his work analysis we can deduce that this artist, active in mid-nineteenth century, was specialized in wood carving, sometimes enriched with ivory inserts, and that he preferred to depict figural groups. Among his subjects, there is at least one other model that is similar to this one in the Lanfranchi collection.

G.R.