Shoji Chikushin (1855-1936), with scroll ends by Shoji Hoshin (1898-1993) Kaguyahime in a Bamboo Stem Showa era (1926-1989), 1930 (2)
Lot 114*
Shoji Chikushin (1855-1936), with scroll ends by Shoji Hoshin (1898-1993)
Kaguyahime in a Bamboo Stem
Showa era (1926-1989), 1930
Sold for £8,750 (US$ 11,690) inc. premium

Lot Details
Shoji Chikushin (1855-1936), with scroll ends by Shoji Hoshin (1898-1993) Kaguyahime in a Bamboo Stem Showa era (1926-1989), 1930 (2)
Shoji Chikushin (1855-1936), with scroll ends by Shoji Hoshin (1898-1993)
Kaguyahime in a Bamboo Stem
Showa era (1926-1989), 1930
Kakejiku (vertical hanging scroll), ink, colours and gold on silk without additional silk mounts, depicting Kaguyahime (the Shining Princess) seen inside a broken stem of bamboo, signed Chikushin 竹真 with a seal, the jikusaki of red lacquer decorated in gold lacquer with bamboo leaves; with a wood tomobako storage box inscribed outside in gold on a red label Taketori monogatari zu 竹取物語図 (Illustration from The Tale of a Bamboo Cutter), inscribed inside Showa gonen seika Kakan'an Chikushin hitsu maki-e jiku Hoshin tsukuru 昭和五年盛夏 可寛菴竹真筆 蒔絵軸芳真造 (Brushed by Kakan'an Chikushin in May 1930, the maki-e jiku by Hoshin), with seal Hoshin 芳真. Overall: 188cm x 47cm (74in x 18½in); image: 188cm x 41cm (74in x 16 1/8in). (2).

Footnotes

  • The tenth-century Taketori monogatari (The Tale of a Bamboo Cutter) tells of an elderly, childless basket maker who comes across a shining bamboo stalk and cuts it open to find a tiny baby girl inside. He takes the baby home to his wife and they bring her up as their own child, naming her Kaguyahime, 'Princess Shining'. Every time the basket maker cuts a stalk of bamboo he finds a nugget of gold inside, quickly becoming a rich old man while Kaguyahime grows into a young woman whose peerless beauty attracts five princes to vie for her hand. She sets each of them an impossible task and after they have all failed the emperor himself seeks to make her his consort, but he too is rejected. It then emerges that Kaguyahime has descended to earth from the moon, to which she eventually returns, accompanied by a retinue of her heavenly sisters.
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