Kakushu - 5728

Titolo: 
Hotei Playing a Ban-Sugoroku Game in a Bag
Numero di Inventario: 
5728
Tipologia: 
netsuke
Collezione: 

East

Classe iconografica: 
Mythology
Parole chiave soggetto: 
Hotei Playing a Ban-Sugoroku game in a Bag
Autore, ambito, luogo di produzione: 
Kakushu - Japan
Ambito e luogo di produzione: 
Japan
Periodo: 
1800
Datazione specifica: 
mid 19th century
Pubblicazione: 
Si
Tipo di iscrizione: 
signature
Trascrizione o identificazione: 
覚秀 (Kakushu)
Materia e Tecnica: 
wood
Data di Ingresso: 
2005
Acquisizione: 
Maria Taglietti Lanfranchi
Tipo di acquisizione: 
bequest

Apparently the piece – carved in three parts in isu wood (destylum racemosum) – simply represents a bag closed by a knot in its upper part; actually, inside there is a figure group with Hotei and a karako sitting in front of a board playing ban-sugoroku (盤 双六), a sort of a backgammon game; the divinity holds a jar with dice in his right hand; the white draughtsmen are ivory carvings. A himotoshi rimmed in ivory is placed at the base of the netsuke; nearby is carved the signature Kakushu.

The first specimens of this subject date back to the end of the 18th century by Myogawa Seishichi an artist from Osaka. However it must be noticed that similar trick netsuke were produced also in later times. There is little information about Kakushu, who probably worked around the middle of 19th century.

G. R.