Hanging Scroll of Skeletons Entertaining Themselves Fascinating work
[Japan] Very interesting and most likely unique scroll showing three skeletons entertaining themselves. One plays shamisen, another claps, while yet another dances to the music. A small sake container and tray of food confirm this is party time. Although the scroll border appears to be an old almanac with dates of 1864 (Bunkyu 4) and 1842 (Tempo 13) mentioned, the artwork itself is more recent. The artwork is not woodblock printed but drawn on cloth. A very unusual item.
Artist unknown. c1900.
Scroll measures 137 x 39.5cm (artwork itself 93 x 31cm).
Artwork is very good. Top of scroll has old damage with some loss but has been rebacked with a pale green paper for some reason. Lower borders are very good. Priced accordingly. s33050945