Rabbit and Waves Japanese Art Scroll


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This is a scroll mounting of an Edo Period textile fragment.  Rabbits running amongst the waves is a favorite theme of the Momoyama (~1573-1615) and early Edo periods.   The whitecaps in the moonlight were seen as rabbits running along the waves.  This story is referenced in a Noh play called 'Chikubujima' (竹生島), which can also be read as "Takeojima," in which one chant paints a surreal picture, roughly translated as, "While the moon floats over the water, a rabbit [the "Moon Rabbit"] runs over the waves... what interesting island [lake] scenery". In the Noh play the local is on Lake Biwa, and the island is Chikubu Island with its shrine, Chikubu Benzai-ten.   Kiri wood storage box included. 

  • Tsutsugaki Free hand paste resist
  • 18th Century painting 
  • Contemporary mounting with antique silk brocade
  • Dimensions:
    • Mounting: 23.25" x 47" (width, height)
    • Art: 19" x 18.25" (width, height)
  • SKU- S-1046

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