Seal with Shishi - 5633

Titolo: 
Seal with Shishi
Numero di Inventario: 
5633
Tipologia: 
netsuke
Collezione: 

East

Parole chiave soggetto: 
Seal with Shishi
Autore, ambito, luogo di produzione: 
Not signed, Edo/Tokyo school
Pubblicazione: 
Si
Periodo: 
1850
Datazione specifica: 
mid 19th century
Materia e Tecnica: 
ivory
Opere correlate: 
Data di Ingresso: 
2005
Acquisizione: 
Maria Taglietti Lanfranchi
Tipo di acquisizione: 
bequest

This netsuke is a multiple seal, composed by a series of five modules, four of which are oval, placed in two couples one on top of the other. The fifth module is shaped like a pumpkin (hyotan, 葫) and is used as a pedestal for a small shishi that is depicted with the front paw placed on a sphere and its jaws painted in red.
On one of the five faces of the netsuke the word fortune (fuku, ) is engraved while the other inscriptions could correspond to the names of famous painters or calligraphers. The himotoshi
is natural and is obtained by the space between the different modules.

Similar compositions, ascribed to the Edo school, were very popular in Japan in the mid 19th century. Other pieces with a similar style can be found in various museums, including the British Museum in London.


Information on the shishi can be found in the description of another piece form the Lanfranchi collection in which there are two of these mythological animals.

 

G.R.

AC/DC: 
DC