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Item Tengu Sumi-e (black Ink) Painting on Handmade Washi Paper

Probably an artist sketch for a larger project.
Late 1800s
13 X 18 inches
34 X 47cm
Good condition but with obvious folds in paper.
Comment Read about the history of Japanese Sumi-e paintings.

Tengu (heavenly dog) is a type of legendary creature found in Japanese folk religion and is also considered a type of Shinto god (kami).

Tengu turns up frequently in traditional storytelling passed on for generations by Japanese folklorists. As these tales are often humorous, they tend to portray tengu as ridiculous creatures who are easily tricked or confused by humans.

The Japanese calligraphy (kanji) which appears on the painting are probably artist's notes. It is old kanji which is difficult to read for contemporary Japanese.

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