Scroll on paper, finely illustrated with a series of 33 paintings in brush & various colors of wash. CATALOGUE OF ARTISANS SCROLL, SHOKUNIN ZUKUSHI.
Scroll on paper, finely illustrated with a series of 33 paintings in brush & various colors of wash.
Scroll on paper, finely illustrated with a series of 33 paintings in brush & various colors of wash.
Scroll on paper, finely illustrated with a series of 33 paintings in brush & various colors of wash.
Scroll on paper, finely illustrated with a series of 33 paintings in brush & various colors of wash.
Scroll on paper, finely illustrated with a series of 33 paintings in brush & various colors of wash.
Scroll on paper, finely illustrated with a series of 33 paintings in brush & various colors of wash.

Shokunin Zukushi

Scroll on paper, finely illustrated with a series of 33 paintings in brush & various colors of wash.

Scroll (268 x 7390 mm.), endpaper at beginning with gold-flecked paper & on verso a rich silk brocade, carefully backed & strengthened. [Japan: ca. 1800].

Shokunin zukushi [“Pictures of People of Various Occupations”] is a theme in painting and illustration that became popular in early modern Japan. While highly esteemed for their artistic qualities, these illustrations are also a valuable record of the lives of early modern urban dwellers.

Our scroll contains 33 paintings of artisans: a street performer with musical accompanist, a storyteller, shishi mai [dancers to scare away evil spirits], saru hiki [man with a circus monkey], a caretaker and his caged uguisu [a warbling bird], a bird catcher, two people sawing wood, stonemason, a woman street vendor, a woman maker of hairpieces, a fortune-teller, a shakuhachi [flute] street performer, a travelling Buddhist practitioner and proselytizer [Koya hijiri], a pilgrim, a drumming Buddhist practitioner, a chest pounder [mune tataki], a picture framer, a woman cleaning the fabric of a disassembled kimono, a rower, a man pulling a carriage, a farmer, a gardener, a lumber merchant, a bamboo seller, a barrel maker, a hibachi seller carrying his wares, a man selling candy and dumplings, a seller of medicines, a basket seller, a seller of branches used in religious offerings, a woman vegetable seller, a bird seller, and a Buddhist solicitor of money for temple repairs [kanjin hijiri].

As mentioned above, the scroll has been backed and strengthened, with resulting loss of parts of a few images. Preserved in a modern box.

Price: $6,000.00

Item ID: 7066