Unique Zen ink wash painting depicts scroll and bamboo broom representing Kanzan and Jittoku. Kanzan and Jittoku were Zen eccentric monks thought to have lived at a monastery on Mt. Tendai in China during the Tang period (618-907). They had a thorough knowledge of Buddhist philosophy. Kanzan often depicted holding a scroll, presumably of his poetry, while Jittoku holding a broom, indicating his position as a scullion at a monastery. Their unconventional appearances have often been painted by Zen monks in China and Japan since ancient times. Here, instead of their appearances, bamboo broom and scroll are depicted to symbolize them. The inscription on the painting reads "Tatsu Tatsu Sanjin Hochu Hitsu" means Hochu painted this painting. Circa late 18th - early 19th century. Painted on paper with ink. Nakamura Hochu (-1819) was a painter active during late Edo period. He was well known for paintings with humorous subjects as well as rinpa school paintings, which he was well adept. He was also good at linked verse (haikai).
There are some stains and marks on the painting, and some stains and discoloration present on the mounting. Please inquire if you wish to take off the painting for framing, or remounting.
Painting: 9 5/8” x 25 1/2” (24.2cm x 64.7cm)
Scroll: 13 7/8” x 66 1/4” (35cm x 168cm)