Mid-size 6-panel byôbu with Hotei & karako

Price:  1.700,00

Remarkable medium-sized six-panel byôbu 屏風 (room divider) with a refined painting on gold leaf depicting the deity Hotei 布袋 surrounded by playing karako 唐子 (Chinese children). Hotei is the god of contentment and happiness, guardian of children, patron of bartenders, and one one of Japan’s ‘Seven Lucky Gods’ 七福神 (Shichifukujin).

On the right sits the deity Hotei most contently leaning with his back against his large cloth bag 布袋
(Nunobukuro); one that never empties, for he uses it to feed the poor and needy. He is clad in simple loose robes and with his large belly exposed. Leaning his head against one arm, he holds up his other while pointing at the children with his Chinese fan 扇 (oogi), which is said to be a ‘wish giving’ fan. In front of him a large porcelain dish heaped with different kinds of delicacies. Behind him stands a large porcelain vase filled with an impressive large piece of blood coral.

On the left side eight karako are eagerly pulling or jumping around a black cart loaded with a large filled bag made of extravagant silk. The children are clothed in very luxurious robes. One is holding up a red triangular flag with a white dragon design, and another is playfully holding up a samurai warrior doll.

The panels are surrounded by two brocade silk borders in different shades of goldish brown. The screen is protected by a black lacquer wooden frame with its original protective hardware.

Considering the age of this piece, which is around 120-220 years, it is in a good restored condition with traces of age and wear. Restorations mainly along the hinges. Please see the photos for a condition reference. Still very vibrant colours on a shiny golden background.

These kind of room dividers are light in weight and can also be easily mounted flat on a wall and presented as one piece of art.

Total width: 294.4 cm (2 x 50.8 cm, 4 x 48.2 cm); Height: 121.2 cm.

Period: Japan – 19th century (Late Edo /Early Meiji period).

When shipped we will add a certificate of authenticity.

Ref. No. : B2024


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