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The seven gods of good fortune on a takarabune, or treasure ship

  • Description

    Zeshin has sketched all the Seven Gods of Good Fortune, or Shichifukujin, in the treasure ship (takarabune). However, they are all suffering from colds and are coughing, sneezing and blowing their noses and generally looking miserable on what should be a very happy occasion!

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaJapanHonshūKantōTōkyō prefecture Tōkyō (place of creation)
    published 1886
    Shibata Zeshin (1807 - 1891) (designer)
    Material and technique
    mount 40.3 x 55.5 cm (height x width)
    sheet 22 x 28.5 cm (height x width)
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    Purchased, 1964.
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  • takarabune

    Takarabune is a treasure ship, said to arrive on New Year’s Eve loaded with takarazukushi (precious things) for the Shichifukujin (Seven Gods of Good Fortune) to distribute on New Year’s Day.


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