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Daikokuten Zu (Painting of Daikokuten)

Updated: Nov 26, 2022

By Shunkansai Hokushin

Painting on silk; one side

Late Edo period


 

 This painting of Daikokuten (大黒天図), a Japanese deity of fortune and wealth, is believed to have been made by Shunkansai Hokushin (春完斎北信) (birth and death dates unknown), another name for Shunkōsai (春光斎), a student of the ukiyo-e artist Shunbaisai Hokuei (春梅斎北英) (date of birth unknown – 1837), who lived in Ōsaka. Daikokuten, depicted in vibrant colors, can be seen holding a white rat in his palm, which is believed to be his messenger. While the Hibiya Family (日比谷家) enjoyed and passed on the paintings of the Kanō school (狩野派), they may have also paid attention to the works of various painters' schools, such as the Nanpin school (南蘋派) and the ukiyo-e of Ōsaka, showing the wide range of interests of the Hibiya Family.


Japanese names follow the Japanese order: surname-name.

Japanese names and words are transcribed using the Hepburn romanization method.


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