Parody of Kanzan and Jittoku - ROM2015_14591_5


Parody of Kanzan and Jittoku

Maker: Isoda Koryusai (act. Mid 1760s- late 1780s)
Medium:6-colour woodblock prints on paper
Geography: Japan
Date: 1770
Period: Edo period
Chuban 25.1 X 19.5 cm
Object number: 926.18.134
Credit Line: Sir Edmund Walker Collection
Not on view
DescriptionKanzan (Ch. Hanshan) and Jittoku (Ch. Shide) are two famous Chinese religious eccentrics of the Tang dynasty (618–ca. 907) who became a popular topic for ink painting in the Yuan dynasty (1271–1368). Kanzan is usually shown holding a scroll (a collection of poems is attributed to him), and Jittoku a broom. They had a friend, Fenggan—another recluse-poet—who once surprised them by arriving riding on a tiger, hence its inclusion on the standing partition behind them. There is no religious import to the present print; it simply serves as a mitate-e, replacing the sages with attractive young people who would appeal to both male and female viewers.
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