The work is titled, Tanuki Harazutsumi no Zu, or Image of Racoon Dog playing the belly drum. This image originates from a legend at Shojoji temple in the Tokyo area where tanuki were known to gather at the temple during a full moon and beat their belly-drums...
Tanomura Chikuden was one of the few noted artists in the literati tradition of Japanese paintings during the Edo period...
Interestingly, the work comes with a kiwamefuda, or a slip of paper, often found with scrolls of noteworthy...
The work contains a signature and seal reading Morifusa. Some speculations exist is the work was done by Ogata Morifusa, a Fukuoka clan artist active during the 18th century (1666?-1732)...
The content of the calligraphy expresses the prosperity of the nation, emphasizing the character nation-state...
A poem set in a shikishi like square motif reads that the mountains in the autumn sunset are slowly changing into that color.
Age: Early 20th century
Size: diameter 8" height 6"
Age: Meiji Period
Size: 54cm / 21.2"
The calligrapy was done by Kusanagi Zengi (1882-1969) First abbot of the Daikakuji sub-sect of Shingon Buddhism, and 53rd abbot of the famous imperial temple, Daikakuji in Kyoto...