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painting / hanging scroll

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1913,0501,0.129

  • Description

    Painting, hanging scroll. Laozi on water buffalo, holding scroll in right hand. Ink and colour on silk. Signed and sealed.

    [Jap.Ptg.718]
    [Jap.Ptg.718(a)]
    [Jap.Ptg.718(b)]
    [Jap.Ptg.718(T)]
    [Jap.Ptg.718(Ta)]

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 18thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 43.8 centimetres
    • Width: 33.5 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Script

        Japanese
      • Inscription Position

        image, top right
      • Inscription Content

        法眼呉浚明
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Hogen Go Shummei
      • Inscription Type

        seal
      • Inscription Script

        Japanese
      • Inscription Position

        image, top right
      • Inscription Content

        浚明
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Shummei
      • Inscription Type

        seal
      • Inscription Script

        Japanese
      • Inscription Position

        image, top right
      • Inscription Content

        越 [...]
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Echigo (?)
  • Curator's comments

    Hizo Nihon bijutsu taikan Vol 3

    Igarashi Shunmei (1700-81) was a mid-Edo-period painter working in the Chinese tradition. Lao-zi, one of the greatest philosophers of ancient China, has long been a favorite theme of oriental painting. Especially popular is the scene, shown here, in which lie is depicted riding on a blue ox, about to pass through the official barrier on his way out of the country to take his teachings into Central Asia. Lao-zi is said to have remained in the womb for eighty-one years and to have been born with white hair; the "Lao" of his name means "aged," and his childhood given name is said to have been 'Er', meaning ear, on account of his extraordinarily large ears. Both these features are duly recorded in this work. The scroll that he holds in his right hand is presumably a copy of his own teachings.

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  • Bibliography

    • Hizo Nihon bijutsu taikan Vol 3 89 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1913

  • 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.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1913,0501,0.129

  • Additional IDs

    • Jap.Ptg.718 (Japanese Painting Number)
COMPASS Title: Igarashi Shummei, Lao Zi, a hanging scroll painting

Unknown

COMPASS Title: Igarashi Shummei, Lao Zi, a hanging scroll painting

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