Old Copper Horseman Water Dropper

We have been calling a copper figure such as a horseman's product "nottari" in Japan for a long time. The etymology is still "乗ったり Nottari (to be on the back of a horse)"? Or is it just a look of "ノタリノタリ Notari Notari (walking lazy)? In any case, if it is a four-legged horse, a cow, or a deer, it seems that everyone is said to be "notable", but the long ears and small body of this statue are obviously donkey's. And who is riding it looking back?  Understanding the reason, I suppose it is the bureaucrat "潘閬 Banrou", from Northern Song. It is a scene that seems to have come out of the world of a suiboku painting.

Anyway, this horseman's style is usually a standard incense burner, with the person as the lid. So when I tried to pick up the person as I thought would be the lid, I couldn't. Isn't it an incense burner? The donkey's mouth is open and an upside down heart shaped hole on the waist of the horseman. However, if it is a water dropper, it is usual that a four-legged animal is in a sitting pose. This was the first time to see a standing animal as a water dropper. It's certainly was a water dropper for ink as I poured the water from it. The water poured little by little.

Anyway, how about this amber color, goldenness? This smooth catfish skin, which can only be found in Japanese old copper, is like Ashiya if you compare it to a kettle (in contrast, Karakin has a rather rough skin and is heavy). The moist taste of Japanese old copper that is often forgotten these days can be understood here. I am aware that it is not something that moves immediately, and I think that it is you can enjoy for a long time.

◆ Width: 11,8 cm, Height: 13,5 cm. Edo Period.

*潘閬 Banrou = Northern Song's scholar bureaucrat. There is an anecdote that he regretted his farewell to Huashan, where he was relocated, on his way back to the capital, and there is a folding screen for this subject by Unkoku Togan. It is charming that the donkey is also looking back together in this statue.

It is an arbitrary delusion, but I suspect that the writer who saw this folding screen that represented Banrou's incident ordered it as a shelf decoration. Maybe it wasn't interesting for the owner to make it aa a normal incense burner. It is an interesting item.

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