- Museum number
Painting, hanging scroll. Bridal procession of foxes winding through open countryside; all dressed in formal kamishimo with swords at their sides and carrying paper lanterns; palanquin in middle of procession; half-moon in sky. Ink and light colour on silk. Signed, sealed and inscribed.
- Production date
Height: 209 centimetres (mount)
Height: 137.70 centimetres
Width: 70.40 centimetres (mount)
Width: 50.60 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Hizo Nihon bijutsu taikan Vol 3
A fanciful depiction of the "fox's bridal procession" referred to in the popular phrase 'kitsune no yome-iri', used of a sudden shower from a clear sky. The procession of foxes winds lengthily from the upper to the lower part of the picture. A half-moon hangs in the sky, and the procession advances through an open countryside full of Japanese pampas, 'ominaeshi' (a plant with yellow flowers), Chinese bellflowers, and other autumn flowers and grasses. The foxes all wear formal 'kamishimo', with swords at their sides, and carry paper lanterns. One of them, at the head of procession, is adjusting the flame of his lantern, and around the middle of the procession is visible a palanquin, presumably carrying the bride.
Nishiyama Hoen, a native of Osaka, studied with Keibun, producing many pictures of human figures, flowers-and-birds, and animals in motion.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- The collection of Japanese and Chinese paintings belonging to Arthur Morrison was purchased by Sir William Gwynne-Evans, who presented it to the British Museum in 1913.
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Asia painting number: Jap.Ptg.2482 (Japanese Painting Number)