Three scrolls showing the Four Sleepers Kanzan with the scroll, Jittoku with the broom and Bukan zenshi and the tiger, all standing. Blank ink and faints blue and red on silk. All three scrolls with signature Tsunenobu hitsu and red seal. ‘Remounted’ with the old brocades, both painting and mounting thus well preserved. Japan, 18/19th century.
Painted areas: 39 1/8 x 18 ½ inches. Whole length: 72 ¾ inches.
Some soiling of the silk due to age, otherwise very good condition with some minor damages:
Jittoku - in the lower part of mounting (repaired area).
Bukan Zenshi - in the upper part of mounting (three repaired areas), then there is some minimal worm damage in the silk, some tiny holes in the lower part of the mounting and in the silk on the left side and in the upper middle. Worm damage is hardly noticeable.
Double wooden box. Inscription on inner box: sanfuku tsui (set of 3 scrolls); middle: toyo-sen; left and right: kanzan jittoku. Yoboku hitsu (Yoboku being the go of Kano Tsunenobu).
Kano Tsunenobu was a famous painter who lived 1636-1713. He was the son of Kano Naonobu and a pupil of Kano Tan’yu. He was a leading artist of the Kano school in Kyoto.
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