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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2013.50
People
Unknown Artist
Traditionally attributed to Kano Kōi, Japanese (Ashikaga c. 1569 - 1636)
Title
Hotei
Classification
Paintings
Work Type
hanging scroll, painting
Date
possibly 17th century
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, Japan
Period
Edo period, 1615-1868
Culture
Japanese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/211602
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Hanging scroll; ink on paper
Dimensions
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.)
Provenance
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.

Footnotes:
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
2013
Object Number
2013.50
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
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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