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Hermit with tortoise in KANO-HA Style Hanging Scroll

Hermit with tortoise in KANO-HA Style Hanging Scroll

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1800: Item # 1217325

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This Buddhist Scroll painting was drawn about 200 years ago during the Edo Period in Japan. It is hand painted on paper.

You will find a Hermit with tortoise with a Wabi-Sabi atmosphere. It is drawn very well and it is a very good composition.

Such simple touch is the soul of a Japanese painting. It leads to WABI-SABI. This style of painting is called KANO-HA painting. It is traditional from ancient times and it is the most popular style.

The Kobikicho branch of the Kano school was founded by Kano Naonobu and further popularized by Kano Tsunenobu during the late 18th century.

The subject matter of the Kano school was very popular with the ruling samurai class, who commissioned many screens, murals, sliding panels, and scrolls as presents that were given to foreign dignitaries throughout Europe and Korea.

I was not able to investigate this painter's name or details.

CONDITION : Subtle. (stains, wrinkles, damages.)

SIZE : Width ca. 41cm (16,2''), Height ca. 144cm (56.8''), Weight 160 g

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Further Information:

A hermit (adjectival form: eremitic or hermitic) is a person who lives, to some degree, in seclusion from society. In Christianity, the term was originally applied to a Christian who lives the eremitic life out of a religious conviction, namely the Desert Theology of the Old Testament (i.e., the forty years wandering in the desert that was meant to bring about a change of heart).

In the Christian tradition the eremitic life is an early form of monastic living that preceded the monastic life in the cenobium. The Rule of St Benedict (ch. 1) lists hermits among four kinds of monks. In the Roman Catholic Church, in addition to hermits who are members of religious institutes, contemporary Roman Catholic Church law (canon 603) recognizes also consecrated hermits under the direction of their diocesan bishop as members of the Consecrated Life ("consecrated diocesan hermits"). The same is true in many parts of the Anglican Communion, including the Episcopal Church in the US, although in the canon law of the Episcopal Church they are referred to as "solitaries" rather than "hermits".

Often, both in religious and secular literature, the term "hermit" is also used loosely for any Christian living a secluded prayer-focused life, and sometimes interchangeably with anchorite/anchoress, recluse and "solitary". Other religions, for example, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, (Sufism) and Taoism, also have hermits in the sense of individuals living an ascetic form of life.

In modern colloquial usage, the term "hermit" denotes anyone living a life apart from the rest of society, or who simply does not participate in social events as much as is common, regardless of their motivation in doing so, including the misanthrope.