A LARGE AND FINE KANO SCHOOL PAINTING DEPICTING AN ASSEMBLY OF ARHATS AND MYTHIC…
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A LARGE AND FINE KANO SCHOOL PAINTING DEPICTING AN ASSEMBLY OF ARHATS AND MYTHICAL BEASTS

A LARGE AND FINE KANO SCHOOL PAINTING DEPICTING AN ASSEMBLY OF ARHATS AND MYTHICAL BEASTS Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) Ink, watercolors, gold paint and gouache on silk. Mounted on a silk brocade frame and set inside a vintage frame, behind glass. Finely painted to depict a gathering of arhats, seven seated on gnarly rocks contemplating a mythical creature, and eight in the air above depicted with hands folded in deep piety, one arhat riding a dragon. Image SIZE 113 x 57 cm, SIZE incl. frame 141 x 75 cm Condition: Good condition with wear and soiling. Few stains, tiny holes, minor creasing, some foxing, and slight browning. The composition is reminiscent of the famous 100 scrolls depicting the Five Hundred Arhats by Kano Kazunobu. From 1854 until his death in 1863, Kano Kazunobu (1816-1863) labored to produce one hundred paintings depicting the miraculous interventions and superhuman activities of the five hundred disciples of the Buddha. The project was commissioned by Zojoji, an elite Pure Land Buddhist temple in Edo (modern-day Tokyo). These scrolls are widely regarded as one of the most impressive feats of Buddhist iconography created during the Edo period (1615–1868). Museum comparison: Compare related scroll paintings depicting rakan and mythical animals, by Kano Kazunobu, scrolls 61 & 62, in the Zojoji collection and on display in the Zojoji temple museum.

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A LARGE AND FINE KANO SCHOOL PAINTING DEPICTING AN ASSEMBLY OF ARHATS AND MYTHICAL BEASTS

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