Tomotaka - 5729
This netsuke is inspired by a Chinese popular tale. Kakkyo was a very poor Chinese man who lived in the 3rd century. He was about to bury alive his son, to save the child’s share of food in order to give it to his old mother. While he was digging, he found a pot full of gold coins that made him rich and allowed him to save his son's life. The netsuke depicts the moment in which Kakkyo, with his wife by his side holding their child folded in a cloth, is digging in the ground where he will find the treasure. The signature Tomotaka (友高), written in kaisho characters, can be found on the back side of Kakkyo’s clothes.
Tomotaka was one of the many members of Tomochika workshop. He worked mainly with ivory and his favourite subjects were legends and animals. He was active around the mid 19th century.
The Lanfranchi collection is endowed with several pieces made by artists belonging to Tomochika' s workshop and in particular one of them carries the master' s signature.