Masakazu - 5641

Masakazu, Hirado Manufacturing

Monkey and Horse
19th century
porcellana invetriata  
4,0x4,2x2,0 cm
正一 (Masakazu)
2005 bequest Maria Taglietti Lanfranchi
Inv. 5641

Netsuke depicting a glazed porcelain horse (uma, 馬) on whose back is a monkey (saru, 猿). The two holes of the himotoshi, one larger than the other, are located on the side of the horse, arranged vertically.
Nearby is imprinted the signature Masakazu  (正一).

This is the work of an anonymous craftsman, active in the nineteenth century that was specialized in the production of porcelain netsuke. This Masakazu worked in one of the many furnaces on Hirado island (province of Hizen), where, starting from the seventeenth century were produced porcelains of the highest quality. It is assumed that netsuke like this one are replicas of the original ivory ones made ​​by Masakazu, netsukeshi active in Kyoto in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century.
The Lanfranchi collection includes a second piece by this author with Hotei as its subject.