Asian Collection

Fukurojin, the God of Longevity and Wisdom
Fukurojin, the God of Longevity and Wisdom

Fukurojin, the God of Longevity and Wisdom

Ito Jakuchu
Japanese (1713–1800)
Edo period (1617–1868)
c. 1790
Hanging scroll; ink and light colors on paper
45 5/8 x 22 1/4 in. (115.9 x 56.5 cm)
APx 1986.02
This humorous image depicts Fukurojin, one of a group of Chinese divinities called the “Seven Household Gods,” who were also popular folk deities in Japan.
Beauty in a White Kimono
Beauty in a White Kimono

Beauty in a White Kimono

Rekisentei Eiri
Japanese (active c. 1790–1800)
Edo period (1615–1868)
c. 1800
Hanging scroll; ink and mineral pigments on paper
48 13/16 x 10 3/8 in. (124 x 26.3 cm)
AP 1981.10
This decorative hanging scroll shows a courtesan, who pauses to glance seductively over her left shoulder, proudly displaying her magnificent white kimono and outer cloak, which are designed in a variety of delicate geometric patterns.
Waterfall and Monkeys
Waterfall and Monkeys

Waterfall and Monkeys

Shibata Zeshin
Japanese (1807–1891)
Meiji period (1868–1911)
1872
Hanging scroll; ink and light colors on silk
73 7/8 x 44 3/4 in. (187.7 x 113.7 cm)
AP 1984.12
Shibata Zeshin was the outstanding Japanese lacquer artist and painter of the nineteenth century. An energetic and prolific artist, he earned distinction during his lifetime for paintings that showed unusual creativity. Zeshin painted several works in which animals mimic human behavior.

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