Tomotaka - 5729

Tomotaka - Edo/Tokyo school

Kakkyo and his Family
Tomochika workshop, mid 19th century
ivory  
4,5x3,2x1,3 cm
signature
友高 (Tomotaka)
2005 bequest Maria Taglietti Lanfranchi
Inv. 5729

not on display


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 Kyakko, 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 in ivory and his favourite subjects were legends and animals. He was active around the mid 19th century.

Lanfranchi collection is endowed with several pieces made by artists belonging to Tomochica workshop and in particular one of them carries the master signature.

G.R.

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