Ono Seimin - 5554

Titolo: 
Emma-o with two Assistans
Numero di Inventario: 
5554
Tipologia: 
netsuke
Collezione: 

East

Parole chiave soggetto: 
Emma-o with two Assistans
Autore, ambito, luogo di produzione: 
Ono Seimin, Edo/Tokyo school
Pubblicazione: 
Si
Periodo: 
1850
Datazione specifica: 
Ono Ryomin workshop, II half of 19th century
Tipo di iscrizione: 
signature
Trascrizione o identificazione: 
小埜 政民 (Ono Seimin)
Materia e Tecnica: 
ivory
Opere correlate: 
Data di Ingresso: 
2005
Acquisizione: 
Maria Taglietti Lanfranchi
Tipo di acquisizione: 
bequest
Collocazione: 
not on display

This okimono depicts Emma-o (閻魔王), the fifth and most important of the Ten Kings of the Buddhist Hell with two assistants; the one at his side holds a book in her arms, while the woman-oni seated behind him plays the shamisen (三味線, three string instrument) with a plectrum. The decoration of the clothes worn by the three characters of this composition is enriched by floral and geometrical motifs, partly inspired by the Chinese tradition. On the deity’s headpiece is engraved the ideogram o (王), “king”. The signature Ono Seimin (小埜 政民) is located at the base of the piece.


Ono Seimin ( 小埜 政民), active in the second half of the 19th century, worked in Ono Ryomin workshop, a prolific master of the Edo/Tokyo school. In his repertoire there where ivory okimono and netsuke  whose subjects were rendered with great realism and richness of detail as shown by this piece. A special relationship linked him to another student Ono Shomin (also present with a piece in the collection Lanfranchi) with whom he often shared the kakihan in the signature (not in this case).
 

G.R.

AC/DC: 
DC