Comments - Fantastic image of the Seven Lucky Gods at the famous cave at Iwato. According to legend, the Sun Goddess, Amaterasu, locked herself in a cave, plunging the world into darkness after her brother angered her. Other gods and monks gathered around the entrance, dancing and playing music to coax Amaterasu from her hiding place. Hearing the noise, Amaterasu emerged from the cave, sending rays of light flooding across the landscape. Here, the Seven Lucky Gods are gathered outside the entrance to the cave, as rays of light radiate from a sacred jewel on a red lacquer stand inside. In the center, the Goddess Benzaiten strikes a pose with a fan above her head, her robes trimmed with colorful ruffles. At right Ebisu kneels beside Daikoku, a lucky red snapper under one arm and a fishing pole over his shoulder. Gold coins and jewels are scattered about the ground, and the branches at upper right bear money in place of leaves. A terrific design and a rare Chikanobu triptych. Only the second time we have come across this subject.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 13 5/8" x 26 5/8"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three attached panels, backed with paper. Vertical folds. Small loss, wormholes, small tears at edges, repaired. Wrinkling throughout, toning, soiling, rubbing at edges, stain. Please note, due to the size, this print may be shipped rolled. Please see photos for details.
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