Manjiro HOKUGA (Fl. early to mid 19th century)




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A large original painting, full colour on silk, 11.5 x 34.5 in; 29.2 x 87.7 cms. Shows Tametomo, a famed archer of extraordinary strength who was exiled to Oshima by the Emperor. During his sojourn Tametomo discovered Onigashima, an island inhabited by devils who he subordinated. News of this reached the Emperor who sent a fleet of vessels to capture him. On sighting the nearest boat Tametomo fires an arrow and sinks the ship and three hundred men. There is a famous version of this subject painted by Hokusai in the BM (see Ukiyo-e Paintings in the British Museum, Timothy Clark, 1992, no. 96, p. 146). Hokuga, a pupil of Hokusai, specialised in surimono. Probably Hokuga’s masterpiece.

 

 

Silk slightly darkened, otherwise very good condition. Recently remounted. Signed Manjiro Hokuga with seals Hoku Ga.

 

 

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Manjiro HOKUGA (Fl. Early 19th Century)




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A pupil of Hokusai who specialised in Surimono and book illustration. Used Hokuga signature until 1810, then Hotei Gosei. Shows Shoki, the demon quellor, descending to earth on a vapour cloud wielding a sword in order to vanquish demons. Painted entirely in red pigment. The subject matter and use of red ink comes from China. The colour was thought to exorcise evil spirits and was used to ward off illness. Red pigment on paper. Image size: 37.5 x 10.75 in; 95.5 x 27.5 cms. Very good condition. Old box. A fine painting exhibited and published: Itabashi Kuritsu Bijyutsukan, Hokusai and his followers – the collection of the best Ukiyo-e paintings. Exhibition Catalogue, Tokyo, 2008, pl. no. 57. Signed Manjiro Hokuga ga with seal Manjiro.



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