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Kangetsu Shitomi (Attributed)

Japanese Ink Painting Hanging Scroll of Daruma

Documentation Notes signed
Period 18th Century
Materials ink on paper with silk boarder
W. 23 in; H. 42.5 in; D. 0.3 in;
W. 58.42 cm; H. 107.95 cm; D. 0.76 cm;
Condition Good. Some age wear on the paper, water mark, discoloration, minor abrasion and wrinkles, as expected on an antique scroll.
Creation Date mid-18th century
Description Sumi ink on paper, mounted with brocade borders as a kakejiku (hanging scroll), the painting depicts Daruma, the historical Bodhidharma, who reputedly brought Chan Buddhism to China at the beginning of the 6th century. The Chan further spread to Japan and became Zen Buddhism. As the founder, Daruma has been a popular subject for Japanese Zen painting, often used for meditation.
An old label on the back of the scroll identifies the artists as Kangetsu Shitomi (1747-1797), an Edo era painter who is known mostly for his illustrations. It was signed in Kanji with an red seal of archaic Chinese. It is attributed to him as it is not authenticated. There is also an ink writing on the back of the scroll with a date (likely when the painting was acquired) identified as Showa 7th year December, which is December, 1932. Also a location that is not decipherable. It was stored in a line back with a series number on it. No other provenance.
The painting itself is 19.5" W x 12.5" H. The scroll is 23" W x 42.5" H.
Styles / Movements Asian, Traditional
Incollect Reference Number 312044
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