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Painting, hanging scroll. Ox for ox-cart in Hollyhock Festival of Kamo Shrine, resting on ground beneath trees together with its three drivers; their cart-wheels visible behind; boy holding grass and approaching to ox. Colour and gold on paper; urushi-e (lacquer painting). Signed and sealed. Ivory jikusaki with design of aoi leaves in makie lacquer. With inscribed, signed and sealed storage box.
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Height: 142 centimetres (mount)
Height: 31.30 centimetres
Width: 69.50 centimetres (mount)
Width: 45.20 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Hizo Nihon bijutsu taikan Vol 3
On a gold base and using the 'urushi-e' (lacquer picture) technique unique to Zeshin, an ox drawing one of the ox-carts participating in the Hollyhock Festival of the Kamo Shrine in Kyoto is depicted resting on the ground together with its drivers. The theme of the work is indicated by the hollyhock leaves - symbol of the festival - stuck in the red ropes that adorn the head of the ox.
The 'urushi-e' technique devised by Zeshin used an improved type of lacquer that did not crack or flake off when it dried. He mixed it with pigments of various colors, in addition to the black and vermilion conventional in lacquerware, to create a new pictorial medium with rich expressive potentiality. The present work, which seems to represent his full mastery of this unusual technique, splendidly captures, in the lustrous colors on a gold ground peculiar to the 'urushi-e', the contrast between the satisfying massiveness of the black ox in the foreground and the charm of the boy in the red robe who has fetched some grass with which to feed it. This is undoubtedly one of the finest of Zeshin's many 'urushi-e' works.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2018-2019 17 Oct -19 Jan, Paris, Musée Guimet, Meiji exhibition
- Associated events
- Associated Event: Aoi (Hollyhock) Festival (15th May)
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- Additional IDs
Asia painting number: Jap.Ptg.Add.78 (Japanese Painting Additional Number)