Japan, I half 19th century - inv. 5719

Titolo: 
Jurōjin and Deer
Numero di Inventario: 
5719
Tipologia: 
netsuke
Collezione: 

East

Classe iconografica: 
Mythology
Parole chiave soggetto: 
Jurōjin and Deer
Motivo attribuzione: 
bibliography
Autore, ambito, luogo di produzione: 
Not signed, Japan
Ambito e luogo di produzione: 
Japan
Pubblicazione: 
Si
Periodo: 
1800
Datazione specifica: 
I half 19th century
Materia e Tecnica: 
ivory
Data di Ingresso: 
2005
Acquisizione: 
Maria Taglietti
Tipo di acquisizione: 
bequest
Collocazione riservata: 
Laboratorio restauro

Netsuke depicting Jurōjin on the back of a lying down deer (shika, 鹿); with his right hand the deity pets the animal’s snout, whose eyes are inlays in horn. The bigger hole of the himotoshi is placed next to the animal's right hip; the smaller one, is on its side.

Jurōjin is one of the Seven Gods of Fortune (七福神, Shichifukujin). He is the God of Longevity and is usually depicted with a hat on his head and dressed with the traditional garments of Chinese officers. His typical attributes are a stiff fan (uchiwa, 団扇) and a roll mounted on a pole. Like in this piece from the Lanfranchi collection, he is often accompanied by a deer that it is said to be 1500 years old. The iconography of this netsuke is ambiguous: the big skull usually identifies Fukurokuju that is more often accompanied by a crane (tsuru, 鶴) or a thousand year old turtle(minogame, 蓑亀), even though there are some other depictions of him with a deer.

G.R.

Masterpiece: 
false
AC/DC: 
DC