This original painting is of Yakko (leader of the daimyo procession) and Raiden (God of Thunder) and Oni no nenbutsu (the reformed demon). Oni no nembutsu wears the garb of an itinerant priest. They are shown with a bottle of sake and morsels of tako. They are in the midst of playing drinking games. This marvelous and humorous painting is unsigned but definitely directly in the tradition of the Hokusai manner and style of image and brushwork. The small calligraphic piece at the left of the Oni no nembutsu, the umbrella and the bell are the attributes of that figure. Yakko has next to him his sword and his staff which is his emblem of rank. Raiden of course has his drums which he creates thunder with. The painting shows these important mythical figures irreverently in a playfull moment. Newly remounted.
Age: Edo - Meiji 19th century.
Size: overall 52" x 29.25" (132 x 74 cm); image 15.25" x 22.5" (39 x 57 cm)
Media: Painting on paper.