Isshosai Kokoku - 5452

Titolo: 
Ferry with various Characters
Numero di Inventario: 
5452
Tipologia: 
netsuke
Collezione: 

East

Classe iconografica: 
Mythology
Parole chiave soggetto: 
Ferry with various characters
Motivo attribuzione: 
signature
Autore, ambito, luogo di produzione: 
Isshosai Kokoku - Japan
Ambito e luogo di produzione: 
Japan
unknown school
Periodo: 
1850
Datazione specifica: 
II half 19th century
Pubblicazione: 
Si
Tipo di iscrizione: 
signature
Trascrizione o identificazione: 
一松齋 光谷 (Isshosai Kokoku)
Materia e Tecnica: 
ivory
Data di Ingresso: 
2005
Acquisizione: 
Maria Taglietti Lanfranchi
Tipo di acquisizione: 
bequest
Collocazione: 
not on display

In this netsuke, among the various characters, it is possible to recognize Fukurokuju (one of the Seven Gods of Good Fortune), holding a fan, whose big head is hugged by a blind man; another figure is rowing with the handle of a broom; at the centre there is a lady (but it could be Benten, the only female character in the group of the Seven Gods of Good Fortune) who carries on her shoulders a large leaf. In front of her stands  a samurai with swords by his side, then a demon (oni, 鬼) holding a scroll on which are engraved two ideograms; in front of him is a pumpkin flask and a catfish and on the other side a drum decorated with the motif of the "three commas" (mitsu tomoe). The piece is signed Isshosai Kokoku (一松齋 光谷) in the vicinity of the himotoshi holes.

There is no bibliographic information about Isshosai Kokoku, an artist active in the second half of the nineteenth century who worked mainly with ivory and whose favourite subjects were groups of figures, in particular the Seven Gods of Fortune often represented on board of a vessel.

G.R.

 

AC/DC: 
DC