Antique Japanese hand scroll painting of Legends of Mount Shigi based on a painting called Shigisan-engi. The long narrative scroll depicts miracles revolving around a monk named Myoren who lived on Mount Shigi. According to the legends, Myoren was drawn to Mount Shigi by a Buddha statue. He built a shrine there and, that winter, he survived on rice provided to him by his roving rice bowl. This rice bowl would go down to the storehouse of a rich farmer every day, fill it's self up and return. One day the farmer traps the bowl as it is scooping out rice but Myoren teaches the greedy farmer a lesson by making his entire granary fly to the shrine. In the painting, the bales of grain can be seen floating through the sky to the delight of villagers and to the curiosity of watching deer. Painted in light mineral pigments and ink on rice paper. Has its storage box.
Meiji Period (1868-1912)
Dimensions: 30 ft long x 12 3/4" high