Kano Kazunobu (1816-1863) Early/mid 19th century
Lot 437*
Kano Kazunobu (1816-1863) Early/mid 19th century
£6,000 - 7,000
US$ 9,300 - 11,000

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Kano Kazunobu (1816-1863) Early/mid 19th century Kano Kazunobu (1816-1863) Early/mid 19th century Kano Kazunobu (1816-1863) Early/mid 19th century
Kano Kazunobu (1816-1863)
Early/mid 19th century
Kakejiku, in ink and colour on silk, depicting a humorous scene of Hotei wading through a river with three karako, the portly God of Happiness shown carrying his large treasure sack on his head and gazing at his reflection in the water, one karako holding a bowl as he tries to catch fish, whilst a Buddhist monk holding a shakujo watches from behind; a later added two-line inscription describing Hotei and dated Meiji Tsuchinoe-tora Shotobi (A day at the beginning of Winter in the Year of the Tiger in the Meiji period [1878]) accompanied by three seals above, signed Hokyo Kazunobu hitsu with two seals Kenyusai and Kazunobu; with wood storage box. 101cm x 36.5cm (39¾in x 14 3/8in). (2).

Footnotes

  • 布袋と唐子図 狩野一信筆 一幅 絹本着色 19世紀前期/中期

    Hotei, whose name literally means 'cloth bag', is worshipped as a focus of popular Buddhism in East Asia. Statues of this rotund 'laughing Buddha' are ubiquitous in Asia and especially in China, where he is venerated as a benevolent God of Good Fortune, his bag never empty. The historical origins of the figure are vague but he is widely believed to be an actual monk who lived in China during the 10th and 11th century.
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