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Japanese Painting, Fugen Bosatsu by Hozan

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Japanese Painting, Fugen Bosatsu by Hozan

The painting features a courtesan mounted on a white elephant. She is an incarnation of Fugen Bosatsu, the Bodhisattva of Compassion. The story of the subject comes from a Japanese Buddhist folklore: On the way to Tennoji temple, a Buddhist monk stopped a village called Eguchi, which was well known as one of the most flourished entertainment area. As he was caught by a sudden rain, he asked a courtesan for a night's lodging in the village. However she refused his request. He grumbled and intoned a poem by a Japanese famous poet Saigyo Hoshi (1118 – 1190) “yo no naka wo itou made koso katakarame kari no yadori wo oshimu kimi kana”, which translates it's hard to despise the whole world as a borrowed lodging, but that you should begrudge me even one night's lodging!”(from Classical Japanese Database). She then composed a poem back: If you renounced the world, you should not cling to a temporary worthless residence. The minutes she said the courtesan disappeared. She was actually a ghost of a courtesan. The monk was afraid and commendably performed a memorable service for her. Then she appeared again on a boat dancing and singing, telling the transitoriness of life, and changed to a Fugen Bosatsu. Her boat then changed to a white elephant. They left to the pure land of Amida Buddha, where Amida Nyorai is supposed to live. To the present day the story has been played as Noh performance. Signed Hozan and sealed. Ueshima Hozan(1875-1920) was a Japanese painter born in Okayama prefecture. He resided in Osaka. Hozan studied under Kimura Kanzan, and later trained under prominent Shijo scholl artists of Nishiyama Kan-ei and Watanabe Shoeki. Hozan was well adept at human figure, bird and flower paintings in Maruyama Shijo School. He also had a profound knowledge of Noh and Kabuki performance.

The painting is in very good condition with light insignificant stains due to age. It is accomanied by an ivory scroll end, comes in an original paulownia wood fitted storage box with the artist signature. (The scroll end can be replaced on request. Please inquire about this.)

Painting: 16 5/8” x 41” (42.0cm x 104.0cm)
Scroll: 22 1/2” x 76 1/2” (57.0cm x 194.0cm)

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