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 ) 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).