Shounsai - 5714

Titolo: 
Benten
Numero di Inventario: 
5714
Tipologia: 
netsuke
Collezione: 

East

Classe iconografica: 
Mythology
Parole chiave soggetto: 
Benten
Motivo attribuzione: 
signature
Autore, ambito, luogo di produzione: 
Shounsai - Edo/Tokyo school
Ambito e luogo di produzione: 
Japan
Edo/Tokyo
Periodo: 
1850
Datazione specifica: 
active 1820 - 1860
Pubblicazione: 
Si
Tipo di iscrizione: 
signature
Trascrizione o identificazione: 
升雲齋 (Shounsai)
Materia e Tecnica: 
ivory
Data di Ingresso: 
2005
Acquisizione: 
Maria Taglietti Lanfranchi
Tipo di acquisizione: 
bequest

The netsuke represents Benten, the only female divinity amongst the Seven Gods of Fortune. She wears a wide tunic in Chinese style, and is sitting on a low wooden stool while she plays the biwa (琵琶), a Chinese musical  instrument similar to the occidental lute, with the plectrum . On a high wood stand, on her left, there is a bronze incense burner. The two himotoshi hole are on the back next to her waistline at the same height; they have a different diameter. The signature Shounsai (升雲齋) is engraved on the base in an oval shaped reserve.

The author of this netsuke was active in Edo (old name of Tokyo) around 1820 and 1860. His most common signature was Joryu, but he also used  the art name Shounsai. He worked mainly in ivory, engraving especially characters from Chinese and Japanese history, or scenes of everyday life. His figures are small with oblong faces, high eyebrows and elegantly curved eyes. The garments of the characters are usually extremely well defined.
 

G.R.