Section from a handscroll showing the deity of wealth Daikoku riding an ox in a procession, in which his retainers, rats dressed as samurai, are carrying his belongings. Perhaps a parody of the sankin kotai (yearly trek to or from the capital). Daikoku is sitting on his rice bales, strapped onto an ox, holding his fan, his treasure bag behind him. All through the painting are symbols of Daikoku and of wealth. Black ink, mineral colors, gofun and gold on paper. Above the scene a text in black ink, all surrounded by gold flakes in different hues. Japan, Edo period, 19th century. Framed.
Painting: H 12 ½ x W 35 ½ in. Frame: H 17 ¼ x W 44 ¾ in.
Minimally yellowed, few wrinkles, some of the green slightly rubbed, black ink slightly smeared on right side, paper laid down with tape along the edges, all in all very good condition.