Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
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Edo p. Calligraphy by Shibano Ritsuzan
Please refer to our stock # Z045 when inquiring.
The gist of the script is Taoist, something to the effect of: This is my life, I am neither overtly talented nor gifted with genius, like a sail boat alone tossed among the waves I drink freely of sake untouched (unfettered) by others seen only from a distance. Ink on paper in a the rough silk border preferred by Literati artists with exquisite turned ivory rollers enclosed in a period wooden box (the rollers will be changed for something suitable if exporting). The scroll is 17-1/2 x 75-1/2 inches (44 x 192 cm) and is in overall very good condition, with minor wrinkles and handling marks typical of age.
Shibano Ritsuzan (1736-1807) was a Confucian Literati associated with the Edo government in the 18th to early 19th centuries. He was considered one of the three great scholars of the Kansei era. Born under the walls of Takamatsu castle in Kagawa on the Island of Shikoku, he was tutored first under Goto Shibayama. Recognizing his brilliance, along with Nakamura Bunrin, he was sent to the capitol of Edo in 1753 to study at the Yushima Seido academy established by the 5th Shogun. From 1765 he began studying history under Takahashi Zunan and in 1767 was appointed as an official scholar of the Tokushima Clan. In 1787 he was given an official appointment by the Shogunate, and he served them there, becoming the op scholar at his alma mater of Yushima Seido in 1790.
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