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Woman with children

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Woman with children

Postby onimh » Sun Feb 19, 2017 6:04 pm

Does anyone know if there is a story behind this or is it simply a woman with three children?
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Re: Woman with children

Postby tanukisan » Sun Feb 19, 2017 11:11 pm

Sambo Kojin - a saddle for three, usually represented in netsuke in the form of a woman riding on a horse flanked by 2 children in panniers and often led by a man on foot. The name Sambo Kojin comes originally from the spirit god who protected the 3 treasures (Sambo) of Buddhism - the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha monastic community

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Re: Woman with children

Postby onimh » Sun Feb 19, 2017 11:56 pm

Thank you! I had a feeling it was something more than a woman with three children.

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Re: Woman with children

Postby Oishii » Mon Feb 20, 2017 8:19 am

Thanks for sharing your piece, Matthew and for pointing to the subject of "Sambo Kojin", John.

In Davey, another piece of this subject is on page 126, figure 372.
Described as "An ivory group of the Sambo Kojin in the form of a horse ridden by a woman with two children in panniers and led by a monkey-faced man and a boy, on a mokko-shaped base, signed beneath 'Gyokugasai at 72 years old'. Ex Tebbutt collection, ex Winkworth. "
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Also the Sambo Kojin is a well known model for the carver Norishige, working mid 19th century. "He produced many medium sized groups of figures, whose dress patterns were lightly engraved and whose composition was rather elaborate." (Davey)
Here is an example, sold by Andy.
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