Minkoku - 5465

Titolo: 
Fuller and Child
Numero di Inventario: 
5465
Tipologia: 
netsuke
Collezione: 

East

Classe iconografica: 
Genre
Parole chiave soggetto: 
Fuller and child
Autore, ambito, luogo di produzione: 
Minkoku, Edo/Tokyo school
Periodo: 
1800
Datazione specifica: 
mid 19th century
Pubblicazione: 
Si
Tipo di iscrizione: 
signature
Trascrizione o identificazione: 
民谷 (Minkoku)
Materia e Tecnica: 
ivory
Data di Ingresso: 
2005
Acquisizione: 
Maria Taglietti Lanfranchi
Tipo di acquisizione: 
bequest

The netsuke depicts a kneeling woman while she is fulling a cloth. A Chinese boy (karako, 唐子) watches closely her from behind. The woman's dress is decorated with a maple leaves motif (momiji, 紅葉). The two small himotoshi holes are located in the the lower side of the composition.  The signature Minkoku (民谷) is carved under the fulling frame.

The subject of the fuller is a common repertory of the Minkoku workshop whose first master mostly worked in wood and was active around the end  of the eighteenth century. The author of this piece of the Lanfranchi collection could be Minkoku II, son of the workshop founder.

Washing dresses was one of the feminine duties, according to the Confucian ethic. The washing took place on the river banks or at home in a tub (tarai, 盥). After soaping, clothes were beaten to make then cleaner. Cotton and linen fabrics were first folded and then beaten with a wooden mallet or with a stone, while those in silk  were wrapped around a bar (kinuta, 砧) attached to a frame, and the beaten. The kimono parts in silk were stretched in order to dry better, after washing, and then put together; those in cotton were hanged to bamboo poles.

G.R.

AC/DC: 
DC