Daikoku by Tarōan

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At A Glance

  • Period

    18th-early 20th century
  • Geography

  • Material

    Hanging scroll; ink on paper and color on silk mounting
  • Dimension

    H x W (image): 120.1 × 48.8 cm (47 5/16 × 19 3/16 in)
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Object Details

  • Artist

    Takada Taroan (1683-1763)
    Tomioka Tessai 富岡鉄斎 (1836-1924) (inscription)
  • Description

    Scene of Daikoku with his hammer and giant sack slung over one shoulder, with two small tama in front; streaks of rain; signed and with one ink seal of the aartist, mounting inscribed in gold ink and painted with tama by Tomioa Tessai; inscription reading "This image of Daikoku was painted by Taroan, a tea hermit of Owari. Taoran's family name is Takada, given name Masaharu, one of his go Boku Oku. He received his tea training from Sen Genbo and studied painting with Kano Tsunebobu. During the Genroku period he was known as an eccentric. I had wanted his painting for a long time. Takada Keiho, his distant descendant, gave up this piece and gave it to me. I had it remounted, recorded the information and added sacred jewels, thus making it into my possession."
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Cheney Cowles
    Mary Cowles
    Shibunkaku 思文閣
  • Provenance

    To 2004
    Shibunkaku, Kyoto [1]
    From 2004 to 2018
    Mary and Cheney Cowles, Seattle, WA, purchased from Shibunkaku on November 1, 2004 [2]
    From 2018
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Mary and Cheney Cowles, Seattle, Washington [3]
    [1] Per information provided by the Cowles. See Mary and Cheney Cowles Collection 2018 Gift List for Freer/Sackler, object file, Collections Management.
    [2] See note 1.
    [3] See Deed of Gift, object file, Collections Management Office.
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    The Mary and Cheney Cowles Collection, Gift of Mary and Cheney Cowles
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