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Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891)
Oni no nembutsu - Devil, as an alms beggar
Signed: Zeshin
Seals: Tairyûkyo
Technique: sumi and little colour on paper 99.4 x 32.6
Mounting: green chequered damask and brown striped silk fabric
193 x 47.4
Condition: soiled and some flaws, otherwise fair

Oni no Nembutsu as an alms beggar intoning the name of the Buddha.

former Yumeka Collection

The father of Zeshin sold bags and pouches. In his youth, age 11, he was apprenticed to the workshop of the lacquerer Koma Kansai II (1766-1835), who was said to be the finest artist of the large Koma family. To improve his abilities as a designer he studied painting with Suzuki Nanrei (1775-1844) and Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861) in Edo and with Toyohiko in Kyoto, where he also met with the circle around Rai San’yô. He also studied the works of the then recently deceased Rimpa artist Sakai Hôitsu (1761-1828) and his followers. In 1832 he received his name Zeshin from Nanrei and built him-self a studio looking out on a grove of willow trees and called it ‘Tairyûkyo’, Willow Facing Residence. In 1835 he succeeded Koma Kansai II as the head of the Koma School. To represent and advertise Japan in the West his paintings were sent to the Vienna international exhibition in 1873 and to Philadelphia in 1876.

Link 1979
Goka Chûshin 1974
Goka Chûshin 1980
Itabashi Ward Museum 1980
Zeshin 1981
Izzard 2007
Roberts p. 209