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Lot 378

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Description: A Japanese Scroll Painting of Shojo, seated in front of a wine barrel eating rice. Painted with ink and watercolor on paper, with the paper being attached to a light green silk backing. Signed and sealed in the lower right. The actual painting measures approximately 30in X 14in. Overall, the scroll measures approximately 64in X 19in. There is light toning and foxing with an occasional crease. The subject, format, toning and foxing indicate that this was made in the late 1800s or early 1900s.

  • Condition: Excellent
  • Notes: A shōjō (heavy drinker or orangutan) is a kind of Japanese sea spirit with a red face and hair and a fondness for alcohol. The legend is the subject of a Noh play of the same name. There is a Noh mask for this character, as well as a type of Kabuki stage makeup, that bear the name. The Chinese characters are also a Japanese word for orangutan, and can also be used in Japanese to refer to someone who is particularly fond of alcohol. In a tale involving shōjō and white sake, there was a gravely sick man whose dying wish was to drink sake. His son searched for it near Mount Fuji and came across the red shōjō, who were having a drinking party on the beach. The shōjō gave him some sake after listening to his plea. Since the sake revived the dying father, the son went back to the spirit to get more sake each day for five days. A greedy neighbor who also wanted the sake became sick after drinking it. He forced the son to take him to the shōjō to get the good sake. The shōjō explained that as his heart was not pure, the sacred sake would not have life-restoring benefits, but instead had poisoned the neighbor. The neighbor repented, and the shōjō gave him some medicine to cure him. The father and the neighbor brewed white sake together.
  • Provenance: This was acquired from a Virginia estate
  • Dimensions: 19in x 64in
  • Artist Name: Signature and seal is on the piece
  • Circa: Early 1900s

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