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Japanese hand scroll painting, late Edo – Meiji period, 19th - early 20th century. This 11 meter long fantastic painting comically depicts a group of well-endowed men measuring the strength each other and humorously showing off their thingies. This painting is called "toba-e", which is comical scroll pictures considered as the oldest form of manga (cartoon) in Japanese history. Tobae was originally made by Toba Sôjô Kakuyû (1053-1140), usually depicting animals (frogs, rabbits and monkeys) frolicking as if they were human. Tobae became very popular in Edo period. Painted on paper with ink and pigments. It comes in a paulownia wood fitted box. It is in very good condition except there are some insignificant light marks. There are some other scenes included in this scroll. Please contact us for further details and additional images.
Painting: H 10 3/4” x W 375 1/4” (H 27cm x W 953cm)
Scroll: H 11 7/8” x W 436 1/4” (H 30cm x W 1108cm)