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Buddhist scroll painting, stages of decomposition, Japan, 19th c

Buddhist scroll painting, stages of decomposition, Japan, 19th c


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1900: Item # 1301819

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Hanging scroll. Five stages of decay of a noble woman, starting with a very young beauty, through the stages of married life, old age, death until nothing but bones are left. Usually, nine stages are shown, elaborating on the stages after death, called kusozu (pictures of the nine aspects). Ink, mineral colors and gofun on silk. Japan, Edo period, 19th century.

Image: H 34 ½ x W 12 inches. Mounting: 52 ¾ x 16 ¾ inches.

Very fine painting. Few light stains, pigments slightly rubbed here and there, otherwise fine condition. One scroll end missing.