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Japanese Woodblock Print by Zeshin. Meiji

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Japanese Woodblock Print by Zeshin. Meiji
A Japanese Woodblock Print by Shibata Zeshin 1807-1891. Meiji Period 15 1/8 x 10 ins. (38.3 x 25.4 cms) This design shows three of the Seven Gods of Good Luck, Daikoku, Fukurojin and Bishamon. Daikoku is writing and is watched by two Oni, a samurai, a man with a lump on his head (maybe a blind man), a woman and a girl kneeling in front of Fukurojin. In the background is a massive temple bell with a bird on a ladder and a hat upside down (maybe a jingasa foot soldiers hat). Top left is a drum and a small anchor (?). There is a dog in the foreground. There is clearly a lot of symbolism which is now impenetrable but in pre-20th.century Japan, as in Europe at that time, symbolism was common currency and would be readily understood. The print is signed Zeshin with the seal Tairyukyo which refers to Zeshin's home by the Kanda River. The print has been folded and some of the fold lines have worn through. To stabilise the print it has been professionally backed. There are no other repairs or damage. Please inspect photos carefully.

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