Jun 5, 2013
Jun 5, 2013

Festival of Insects

Festival of Insects

c. 1615–1868

after Motsurin Jōtō 没倫 紹等

(Japanese, d. 1492)

Hanging scroll, ink on paper

Image: 30.7 x 45 cm (12 1/16 x 17 11/16 in.); Overall: 122.5 x 55.9 cm (48 1/4 x 22 in.)

Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund 1988.16



This painting depicts humanlike figures with antennae engaged in a festival procession. They transport a gourd like a float, with two teams pulling ropes in front, and others maneuvering it with poles from behind. They are accompanied by flutes and drums, urged on by a dancer holding a fan and a branch. The inscription is attributed to the monk-painter Motsurin Jōtō (Bokusai), well known in Japan as a disciple of Ikkyū Sōjun and an accomplished portrait artist.

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