japanese art

Wood netsuke of a Dutchman19th centuryHeight: 8.5 cmNetsuke with a standing figure of a Dutchman in a curly wig, his mouth open, bending forward at the waist, a tasseled, trumpet-mouthed musical instrument in his right hand, his left hand behind his back supporting a small Chinese child (karako) which climbs on his right shoulder.The theme of foreigners, known during the Edo period as ijin or "different people”that indicates all the “non-Japanese", came from the strict rules intended by the Tokugawa shogun about the relationship between the archipelago and the...

Nantembō Nakahara (1839-1925)“Hey, listen”, 1923Ink on paper, 117.5 x 30.5 cm Mounts 208 x 48 cm Nantembō’s handprint is a rare form of self-portrait and together a strong expression of zen art. In fact, the purpose of this kind of calligraphy is to awaken the viewer and this direct command together with the physical image of the hand is certainly able to reach our deep conscience.Hand prints had been used together with calligraphy in the Edo period and Tibetan abbots sometimes pressed their hands on the back of tanka scrolls in order to certify their blessings....

Hakuin Ekaku (1685-1768)
HAKUIN EKAKU (1685-1768)Mamezo Hotei (Hotei in the Guise of a Street Performer)Edo period (1615-1868), mid-18th century Hanging scroll depicting Hotei as a street entertainer, wearing a happy expression as he stands on his begging bag twirling a water-filled dish using a bamboo pole held in his mouth. Seals: 顧鑑咦 (Kogani); 白隠 (Hakuin) and 恵隺之印 (Ekakunoin)Ink on paper, 129 x 32 cm164 x 40.5 cm overall  The poem reads: 目に津可は津連てござれ奈江戸品河乃奥まても If I can catch you eyespleasetake meto the inner partof Shinagawa in Edo  Mamezo was originally the name of a beggar...

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