Komin - 5598
Netsuke decorated with geometrical motifs and stylised flowers using the hiramaki-e lacquering technique (平蒔絵, smooth surface sprinkled with gold or silver powders). The piece represents a theatre actor in the role of Shojo. The two himotoshi holes, one larger than the other, are placed on the back. The smaller one is highlighted by a green rim. The signature Komin (光珉) is placed nearby on the left, in a rectangular reserve refined by a gold rim.
Netsuke like this, where lacquer was used for wood decoration, were particularly produced during the 19th century: usually they were made by artists specialized in the use of this material, rather than by real netsukeshi. Probably also Komin, author of this piece, was mainly a carver that only in a few cases engaged himself in making netsuke.
The Lanfranchi collection comprises another piece with a Nō actor in the role of Okina made by Shugyoku.
Information about the character of Shojo can be found in the description of the netsuke made by Tadatoshi.