Cho Tosai (1713-1786) - Bamboo

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1800: Item # 1183520

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76-16 Tenno-cho, Okazaki, Sakkyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8335



Cho Tosai (1713-1786) - Bamboo
Bamboo by the 18th century literatus Cho Tosai. Painted on paper with ink the work is in very good condition. It has recently been re-mounted in the Chinese style and finished with ivory rollers. The image measures 45'' by 11'' (115 by 28 cm). The scroll measures 71'' by 12'' (181 by 30 cm). Cho Tosai (Chou Tousai) 1713-1786. Born in Nagasaki to a Chinese father and a Japanese mother. At the age of 11 he apprenticed with the Chinese immigrant monk Jikuan (1699-1756) at Kofuku-ji in Nagasaki. When Jikuan was made the 13th patriarch and abbot of Manpuku-ji in Uji he moved with him. When Jikuan retired in 1739 Tosai returned to secular life as a literatus. He traveled throughout Japan eventually settling in Edo. He later re-settled in Osaka before eventually changing his family name to Uchida. He was known for his landscape painting, seal carving and calligraphic works. See Stephen Addiss: 77 Dances, pp.80.

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