Shugyoku - 5586

Titolo: 
Nō actor Playing the Role of Okina
Numero di Inventario: 
5586
Tipologia: 
netsuke
Collezione: 

East

Classe iconografica: 
Mythology
Parole chiave soggetto: 
Nō actor Playing the Role of Okina
Motivo attribuzione: 
signature
Autore, ambito, luogo di produzione: 
Shugyoku - Japan
Ambito e luogo di produzione: 
Japan
Pubblicazione: 
Si
Periodo: 
1850
Datazione specifica: 
Second half, 19th century
Trascrizione o identificazione: 
秀玉 (Shugyoku)
Materia e Tecnica: 
ivory
Opere correlate: 
Data di Ingresso: 
2005
Acquisizione: 
Maria Taglietti Lanfranchi
Tipo di acquisizione: 
bequest

This netsuke, in lacquered ivory partially gilded, is a depiction of a Nō (能) actor in Okina's (翁, old man) role, with a traditional mask, and a folding fan (chukei, 中啓) opened in his right hand. The upper part of the dress is decorated with a geometric motif of rhomboidal shape, each one with a corolla of stylized flowers inside. The trousers, on the other hand, are adorned with a series of phoenixes among clouds. The two himotoshi holes, one near the other one and of similar size, are placed on the rear, near the pelvis. The signature Shugyoku (秀玉) is carved under the right foot.

The Nō theatre arose around the 18th century as an aristocratic art form made of suggestion, grace and abstraction: subjects were inspired by the ancient Japanese history and more rarely by the Chinese one;  Buddhism, mainly in his Zen version, penetrated all its  performances. Women were not allowed on the stage and hence female roles were interpreted by male actors who disguised themselves with wigs and, above all, masks.

The theme of Nō theatre actors is proposed in another netsuke of the Lanfranchi collection made by Komin.


G.R.

Masterpiece: 
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