Miwa - 5444

Titolo: 
Rice docker
Numero di Inventario: 
5444
Tipologia: 
netsuke
Collezione: 

East

Parole chiave soggetto: 
Rice docker
Autore, ambito, luogo di produzione: 
Miwa, Edo /Tokyo school
Periodo: 
1800
Datazione specifica: 
late 18th - early 19th
Pubblicazione: 
Si
Tipo di iscrizione: 
signature
Trascrizione o identificazione: 
三輪 (Miwa)
Materia e Tecnica: 
boxwood
Data di Ingresso: 
2005
Acquisizione: 
Maria Taglietti Lanfranchi
Tipo di acquisizione: 
bequest

This netsuke of large size portrays a man, bare chested and with a protruding belly, while stretches his arms to lift up a rice bale; at his waist is laced an apron that covers his pelvis and one leg down to the foot. There are no himotoshi, but the cord can pass through a few spaces in the composition, such as the one between the legs. On the sole of the left foot the signature Miwa is carved.

Miwa is a famous netsukeshi active during the second half of the eighteenth century, made netsuke in wood, and is considered the founder of the Edo (Tokyo) style. However there are several types of models carrying the signature Miwa, often with the addition of other names. Among them the most common motifs are daily life representations. This  leads to believe that his name must actually be given to a large workshop where many carvers worked.

With reference to our piece of the Lanfranchi collection, even if it cannot be attributed to the workshop's founder, it nevertheless seems to be datable between the end of the 18th and the early 19th century

G.R.