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|Title:||JAPANESE FOX WEDDING SCROLL|
|Size:||49.50" x 27.50"|
Japanese polychrome painting depicting the mythical fox wedding procession (kitsune yomeiri) literally "Fox Wedding." The bride being taken in procession to the husband's home. The large procession of foxes depicted in wealthy nobleman's attire as they proceed through a series of Shinto torii gates. The veiled lady and palanquin is escorted by three fox samurai, all identifiable by their stiff kataginu vests with projecting shoulders. One of the samurai carries a sheathed spear. Others in the procession wear happi, or samurai attendant's jackets. These attendants carrying lanterns with flaming hoju no tama (jewels of wish fulfillment) painted on them, or bear lacquered boxes on staves, part of the bride’s trousseau or dowry. The painting mounted as a kakejiku, hanging scroll, with silk brocade mounts.
Painted by Nikka Tanaka (?-1845) a Shijō School painter born in Kyoto who was a student of Okamoto Toyohiko. Although Nikka Tanaka is better known for landscape and kachoga (bird & flower painting) this whimsical painting demonstrates the artist's and the Shijō School's poetic and naturalistic style while still retailing the fine detail typical of kachoga painting.
The painting signed “Nikka sha” or “Painted by Nikka” with a betsugo-in, or poetic name seal of the artist reading “Hakki” one of Nikka Tanaka’s artistic names.
With kiri (paulownia) wood tomobako box. Edo Period, first half of the 19th century.
Dimensions Scroll: 49.5” high x 27.5” wide Image: 12.75” high x 23.75” wide
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