Sugai Baikan (1784-1844)
Early/mid 19th century
Emakimono (handscroll), painted in ink and slight colour on paper with a humorous continuous scene of several turtles personified in a variety of human activities and pursuits including performing acrobatic feats, playing instruments, punting, drinking sake, archery, fishing, writing calligraphy, neck wrestling, flying kites and even riding suppon (soft shell turtle), signed with two seals Baikan gain, one possibly reading Washaraku Jinshaju; with storage box titled Hyakukizu no maki (The scroll of a picture of one hundred turtles). 27cm x 2044.5cm (10 5/8in x 804 7/8in). (2).