A fantastic painting depicted an octopus in an octopus pot/trap. Painted on paper with ink and pigments. Hanging scroll. This is a collaborated art work of Nakamura Husetsu, who wrote the famous Japanese haiku(poem) above, and Yasukawa Hodo painted the octopus. Signed by both artists.
The haiku itself was originally read by the most famous and greatest master of haiku, Matsuo Basho(1644 - 1694).
It reads, ; takotsubo ya hakanaki yume o natsu no tsuki
an octopus pot ---
inside, a short-lived dream
under the summer moon
The interpretation is "An octopus that has entered the pot is content with the small world of its own and enjoys a night's dream, never suspecting that it might be pulled up in the morning. The sad reality of life and the happiness that comes from ignorance are allueded in this beautiful haiku.
Nakamura Husetsu (1866-1943)was a Japanese painter and calligrapher active during Meiji and early Showa period, late 19th – early 20th century in Japan.
There are some light marks and many creases overall on the painting itself due to age, and some insignificant marks, and creases are present on the mounting, otherwise the piece is in good condition. It is accompanied by an original old paulownia wood storage box with the artist signature reads “Hodo”. The box is inscribed "Takotubo" means Octopus Pot.
Painting: 11 7/8” x 51” (30.0cm x 129.5cm)
Scroll: 18 1/8” x 85 3/4” (46.0cm x 217.5cm)