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Scroll painting, Death of Buddha, Japan, early 19th c

Scroll painting, Death of Buddha, Japan, early 19th c

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Devotional Objects: Pre 1900: Item # 851314

Please refer to our stock # 10546 when inquiring.

Very rare hanging scroll with a painting of Nichiren nehan zu, the Death of the Buddha according to Nichiren. The Buddha on his death bed, surrounded by priests who are reciting from scrolls and civilians who are praying and wailing. In the background an altar with a sutra prayer and curtains with the family crest of an unidentified family (tachibana branch inside a well). Outlines printed in black, hand colored in mineral colors and with gold on paper.
On the back is a printed list of the names of the people depicted (six old priests flanked by the names of two civilians, middle old priests, nine old priests, followed by the names of many civilians), dating the donation to Tempo 8, year of the rooster, 1837. The mounting embroidered with different, repeated motives, the family crest repeated in gold brocade.
Painted area: ca. 15.8 x 9.6 inches (40.3 x 24.5 cm); total height ca. 47.8 inches (121.5 cm).
Browned, some rubbed areas, some horizontal creases, mounting with damages, otherwise good stable condition.

The very same family crest was found on a Nichiren shrine, listed under Trocadero number 492282, or our stock number 10403.