Junishi Jumble represents the Japanese ( although imported from China) zodiac cycle completed every twelve years, each year being given a different symbolic animal. I was inspired by the numerous intricately carved netsuke in the Japan Gallery often depicting tiny animals and birds and the sculpture of the "Group of disciples of the Buddha" where the figures are intimately and cleverly intertwined.
I made my preparatory drawings in black biro and then added some colour. My final piece of work uses a lot of gold in homage to the many exhibits in this gallery that are decorated in gold lacquer.
ca. 1775-1825 (made)
Carved and stained ivory
V&A collection reference number(s):
A957-1910, A50-1919, A53-1915, A44-1930, 942-1883 , 1870-90