Komin - 5598

Titolo: 
Nō Actor in the Role of Shojo
Numero di Inventario: 
5598
Tipologia: 
netsuke
Collezione: 

East

Classe iconografica: 
Mythology
Parole chiave soggetto: 
Noh Actor in the Role of Shojo
Motivo attribuzione: 
signature
Autore, ambito, luogo di produzione: 
Komin - Japan
Ambito e luogo di produzione: 
Japan
Pubblicazione: 
Si
Periodo: 
1850
Datazione specifica: 
mid 19th century
Trascrizione o identificazione: 
光珉 (Komin)
Materia e Tecnica: 
laquered wood
Opere correlate: 
Data di Ingresso: 
2005
Acquisizione: 
Maria Taglietti Lanfranchi
Tipo di acquisizione: 
bequest

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.

G.R.

Masterpiece: 
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