- Identification and Creation
- Object Number
Traditionally attributed to Kano Kōi, Japanese (Ashikaga c. 1569 - 1636)
- Work Type
- hanging scroll, painting
- possibly 17th century
- Creation Place: East Asia, Japan
- Edo period, 1615-1868
- Persistent Link
- Physical Descriptions
- Hanging scroll; ink on paper
- painting proper: H. 101.2 x W. 46 cm (39 13/16 x 18 1/8 in.)
mounting silk only: H. 189.5 x W. 59.1 cm (74 5/8 x 23 1/4 in.)
- Louis Gonse, Cormeilles-Parisi, France. Louis V. Ledoux Collection, New York (1924-1948), by descent; to his son L. Pierre Ledoux, New York (1948-2001), by inheritance; to his widow Joan F. Ledoux, New York, (2001-2013), gift; to Harvard Art Museums, 2013.
1. Louis Gonze (1846-1921)
2. Louis V. Ledoux (1880-1948)
3. L. Pierre Ledoux (1912-2001)
4. On long term loan to Harvard Art Museums from 1981 to 2013.
- Acquisition and Rights
- Credit Line
- Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, The Louis V. Ledoux Collection; Gift of Mrs. L. Pierre Ledoux in memory of her husband
- Accession Year
- Object Number
- Asian and Mediterranean Art
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- This vertical hanging scroll depicts the smiling, portly itinerant monk Hotei (Ch. Budai) walking with an enormous large cloth sack suspended by an improbably thin long staff resting on his left shoulder. His left elbow and forearm wrap around the lower end of the staff to balance the heavy sack; in his left hand he grasps a Buddhist rosary, rendered here as a simple circle instead of a circular string of beads. Executed in quick strokes of black ink and gray wash, the subject stands against a completely plain background. A red square intaglio seal is impressed near the lower left corner.
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