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Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
Skeleton in his Cups, Humorous Edo p. Japanese Scroll

Skeleton in his Cups, Humorous Edo p. Japanese Scroll

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1900: Item # 1411451

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“Yacchimatta!” the lost soul seems to say as he slaps himself on the head, a sake cup and Tokkuri wine flask in front of him. Ink on dark paper with patterned dark cloth border with wide gray piping and featuring bone rollers. It has been completely cleaned and remounted without over-painting. The scroll is 40 x 137 cm (15-3/4 x 54 inches) and comes enclosed in an old wooden box.
The skeleton and or skull has long been a feature in Japanese art, both secular and Buddhist. It is used as a symbol of impermanence and as a Zen teaching tool. In this case, perhaps our fellow spent too much time in the bottle, and not enough in more meaningful endeavors, only to find his time was up.