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Seven Gods of Good Fortune and Chinese Children

Artist:
Kano Chikanobu (Japanese, 1660–1728)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
17th–18th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
One of a pair of six-panel folding screens; ink, color, and gilt on paper; Reverse side: ink, color, and gold on paper
Dimensions:
69 1/4 x 153 in. (175.9 x 388.6 cm)
Classification:
Screens
Credit Line:
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929
Accession Number:
29.100.498
Not on view
Three of the seven gods of good fortune—Daikokuten with a wine cup in hand, Ebisu with his red snapper, and round-bellied Hōtei—accompanied by a merry group of Chinese children fill this screen, originally one of a pair, with felicitous associations of wealth, prosperity, and abundance. The elegant fusion of ink and vivid colors, versatile brushwork, and a tight spatial composition mark an accomplished Kano studio product. The figures, too, display the Kano awareness of Chinese, especially Ming, traditions.
Signature: Chikanobu
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