Taisho - Lionhead goldfish
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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1920: Item # 1188042
76-16 Tenno-cho, Okazaki, Sakkyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8335
|A large later Taisho period (circa 1930) painting depicting Lionhead goldfish. Lionhead goldfish or 'Ranchu' are a very rare subject matter in Japanese art, even though they have been bred here since the 17th century when they were imported from China. Lionheads were bred in China to depict the image of the mythical Chinese lion-dog or 'Shishi'. Painted on silk with ink, pigment and gofun the work is in good condition. The original brocade mounting displays the work very nicely. Some loss of gofun (a thick white paint made from crushed shell interiors) is in evidence, particularly on the two left goldfish. Some bleeding of pigment has occurred around the top right goldfish. There are no marks or discoloration to the silk. The large image measures 57'' by 33'' (144 by 83 cm). The scroll measures 85'' by 39'' (215 by 100 cm). The artist remains unidentified.|