Tomotada - 5735

Titolo: 
Hotei and Karako
Numero di Inventario: 
5735
Tipologia: 
netsuke
Collezione: 

East

Parole chiave soggetto: 
Hotei and karako
Autore, ambito, luogo di produzione: 
Tomotada, Kyōto school
Periodo: 
1800
Datazione specifica: 
late 18th, early 19th century
Pubblicazione: 
Si
Tipo di iscrizione: 
inscription
Trascrizione o identificazione: 
友忠 (Tomotada)
Materia e Tecnica: 
ivory
Opere correlate: 
Data di Ingresso: 
2005
Acquisizione: 
Maria Taglietti Lanfranchi
Tipo di acquisizione: 
bequest

The netsuke depicts Hotei with a large dress tightened at the waist by a lace and open to show the chest and the large belly. He holds a rigid fan (uchiwa, 団扇) in his hand, while a "Chinese boy" (karako, 唐子) has climbed his left shoulder. Hotei has a chubby face and a smiling expression; he has a bold forehead, a sparse beard, and the ear's lobes are rather elongated. The two himotoshi holes, one larger then the other one, are on the rear, on the right side, at pelvis height. Near the holes, below the sash, the signature Tomotada (友忠) inside a rectangular reserve is carved.

Tomotada was a carver of the Kyōto school active around the end of the 18th century. It is considered one of the most important artists of netsuke history. His favourite subjects were animals, above all recumbent oxen, which were already frequently imitated when he was alive. Very few figural groups are attributed to Tomotada. This netsuke, rather expressive, has stylistic characteristics similar to those of other Kyōto area artists and can be dated between the end of the18th and the beginning of the 19th century.

The Lanfranchi collection owns other netsuke of the Kyoto school artists such as Okatomo and Okanobu.

G.R.