Taki Shishi-zu` [Painting of a Waterfall and Lion] by Mori Ippo
The shishi [a lion-like mythological creature], basking in the waterfall`s spray, does not show the grim face typical after tough ascetic training, but has a relaxed and gentle facial expression, seeming to suggest that he is merely cooling down his over-heated body.
It is a sign of Ippo`s skillfulness that simply by changing the thickness of the lines, the depth of the ink, and the touch of the brush, the violently cascading waterfall can be expressed in only three brush-strokes.
The image of the humorous shishi crouching under the cool waterfall makes one unintentionally smile.
It is evident from the signature on the artwork that `Taki Shishi-zu` was painted when Ippo was 71, in 1870.
This is a scroll which allows the viewer to feel refreshingly cool during a hot summer.
About the artist:
Mori Ippo was an artist who was active in Osaka at the end of the Edo period.
Born in the Harima Province of Hyogo Prefecture, he was based in Osaka, and worked for the head of the Higo-Kumamotohan Hosokawa Clan. He passed away in Meiji 4 .
Because Ippo`s teacher, Mori Tetsuzan, was a pupil of Maruyama Okyo, famous in Kyoto for his style of `painting from life`, Ippo`s art was also strongly influenced by Okyo`s style.
In one of Ippo`s paintings there is an illustration of a boat (called a mokari-bune) used by fishermen when cutting seaweed. When linked with the artist`s name, the similar-sounding word mokaru [to turn a profit] seems to make the word mokaru-ippo [to continue to turn a profit]. It is a famous historical fact that, because of this link, Ippo`s boat painting became popular as a gift given to new businesses to ensure their success.
Ippo`s works are currently held by Japanese institutions like the Osaka Museum of History, as well as overseas institutions such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
Suitable to be displayed in Summer.
It is said that from ancient times Japanese people have seen gods and buddhas in thundering waterfalls deep in the mountains.
The shishi was considered a sacred beast, a lion.
It is said that there is a strong spiritual power inside the head of the shishi, and that the creature eats evil spirits.
The lion is also a symbol of strength, and is called the king of beasts.
The shishi, basking in the waterfall`s spray, is perhaps resting and cooling his head after working too hard eating evil spirits.
Taki Shishi-zu` [Painting of a Waterfall and Lion] by Mori Ippo（森一鳳）
- Name of the artist
- Mori Ippo
- `Taki Shishi-zu` [Painting of a Waterfall and Lion]
- 113 × 30 cm
- Ink painting on paper.
Season in which to be displayed: Summer.
Condition: The artwork is in fine condition.
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