Sengai Gibon (1750-1830) Late 18th/early 19th century
Lot 336*
Sengai Gibon (1750-1830)
Late 18th/early 19th century
£4,500 - 5,000
US$ 7,600 - 8,400
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Sengai Gibon (1750-1830)
Late 18th/early 19th century
Kakejiku, in ink on paper, humorously depicting Hotei yawning, his fan in his right hand; his pot belly protruding, seated and leaning against his sack, which is used as a cushion, with a 23-character inscription to the right, with two wood storage boxes. 35cm x 47.7cm (13¾in x 18¾in). (3).


  • Provenance: Tomioka Shigenori collection.

    The twenty-three-character inscription reads:

    釈迦已帰双林 弥勒未出内宮 甚矣吾衰也 不復夢見周公

    With Shakamuni already in Nirvana and Miroku still not arrived in this world, what a terrible state we're in. Never again will we see the Duke of Zhou in our dreams!

    Hotei was popularly regarded as an incarnation of Maitreya (in Japanese: Miroku), the future Buddha who will bring salvation to the world after a long period of decline. The second half of the inscription is taken from the Analects of Confucius, where the Duke of Zhou is often extolled as the ideal former ruler who ruled over China in the distant past. Sengai thus poignantly combines Buddhist faith in future salvation with Confucian regret over a long-lost golden age.
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