Scuola di Toshitsugu - 5609

Titolo: 
Octopus on a Bundle of Reeds
Numero di Inventario: 
5609
Tipologia: 
netsuke
Collezione: 

East

Classe iconografica: 
Still Life
Parole chiave soggetto: 
Octopus on a Bundle of Reeds
Autore, ambito, luogo di produzione: 
not signed, Tokyo School
Periodo: 
1850
Datazione specifica: 
Toshitsugu workshop - late 19th, early 20th century
Pubblicazione: 
Si
Trascrizione o identificazione: 
kakihan
Materia e Tecnica: 
ivory
Data di Ingresso: 
2005
Acquisizione: 
Maria Taglietti Lanfranchi
Tipo di acquisizione: 
bequest
Collocazione: 
not on display

This simple and lovely ivory netsuke shows an octopus (tako, 蛸) on a bundle of reeds: a typical container in which wase stored the outcome of fisheries such as molluscs, small fishes or the very octopus. In the lower part, near the himotoshi has been inserted a red lacquer plate on which is carved a kakihan  (graphic symbol with which Japanese artists sometimes identified themselves)  without signature.


The red lacquer plate suggests that the piece is by an artist of the Meiji period (1868-1912) although the artistic style, which is not pretentious, seems to contradicts this theory. On the other hand this kakihan is unequivocally the one used by Toshitsugu (利 次), an artist active in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, best known for his elaborate okimono. It can therefore be assumed that this netsuke is a work of the young Toshitsugu or one of his pupils.

G.R.

AC/DC: 
DC