Gourd and Catfish / Katsunobu Kawahito - Hyounen-zu

Product ID
0161
Name
Katsunobu Kawahito
Profile

1922-
A member of the Nitten Exhibition

Size
725mm x 1470mm
Roller End Material

Wood coated with black "urushi" (lacquer)
Material of the Work
Japanese paper
Stock Condition
In stock
Description

 
In China, “kouan” means “a document issued by governments between ancient and early-modern times.” Among those include protocols, records of trials and judicial precedents.

Additionally, it came to be a question given to a trainee in Buddhism in the Zen sect as one of the tasks to achieve enlightenment. The majority of these kouan are considered to be “muriewa” (irrational dialogs). Generally, they are called “Zen mondou” or Zen riddles. Kouan were known for controlling the religious system by the Edo “bakufu” (Japanese feudal government headed by a “shougun”) in ways such that a priest could not become chief priest unless he could solve a certain amount of kouan, or that the kouan were used to demonstrate the experience of a priest along with “hourou” (the number of years from the time when a person became a priest and received the religious precepts).

“Hyounenzu” (literally, a painting of a gourd and a catfish) is a visual representation of the almost impossible task of catching a slippery catfish with a smooth gourd. A question like this is known as a Zen kouan.

This is a painting of Hyounenzu by Katsunobu Kawahito. The old man tries to catch the slippery catfish with a smooth gourd. The old man smiles as if he knows how to catch the catfish: this depiction is very interesting. This work is a typical work of Katsunobu Kawahito, who has a wide range of knowledge.

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 The Japanese people have long set a high value on aesthetic senses since ancient times. As a result, the
peculiar culture which is not seen in other countries blossomed and many aspects of the modern Japanese
culture come from it. Parts of Japanese culture has been introduced to people in other countries recently,
so the number of people from other countries who are interested in Japanese culture has been increasing.
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understandably is a “kakejiku.”
 The kakejiku (a hanging scroll; a work of calligraphy or a painting which is mounted and hung in an
alcove or on a wall) is a traditional Japanese art. It's no exaggeration to say that paintings are what
express aesthetic senses at all times and places. The kakejiku is an art which expresses the Japanese
aesthetic senses. The kakejiku has long been used in traditional Japanese events, daily life and so on since
ancient times. As a result, there are various customs of kakejiku in Japan; kakejiku and the life of the
Japanese are closely related. We can see Japanese values through kakejiku.
 The kakejiku is a cultural tradition which the Japanese people should be proud of. However, many people
in other countries don't know much about it because it hasn't been showcased as much. This is why I
decided to try to introduce it. The kakejiku world is very interesting and beautiful. We want not only the
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Name Art Nomura


President Tatsuji Nomura


Founded1973


Established1992


Address7-23 Babadori, Tarumi-ku, Kobe city,
Hyougo Prefecture, 655-0021, Japan



Capital10 million yen


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 Art Nomura is an art dealer which produces kakejiku (hanging scrolls). We mount many paintings and calligraphic works in kakejiku in my factory. Kakejiku are our main product. We also remount and repair old or damaged kakejiku. We share the traditional Japanese art of kakejiku with people all over the world.



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 The Japanese people have long set a high value on aesthetic senses since ancient times. As a result, the
peculiar culture which is not seen in other countries blossomed and many aspects of the modern Japanese
culture come from it. Parts of Japanese culture has been introduced to people in other countries recently,
so the number of people from other countries who are interested in Japanese culture has been increasing.
However, the Japanese aesthetic senses, which are the bases of Japanese culture, have been nurtured
through a long history, intertwining various elements intricately, such as climate, geographical features,
religion, customs and so on. Therefore, they are very difficult to understand not only for people from other
countries, but even for the Japanese people. I think the best tool which conveys these difficult senses
understandably is a “kakejiku.”
 The kakejiku (a hanging scroll; a work of calligraphy or a painting which is mounted and hung in an
alcove or on a wall) is a traditional Japanese art. It's no exaggeration to say that paintings are what
express aesthetic senses at all times and places. The kakejiku is an art which expresses the Japanese
aesthetic senses. The kakejiku has long been used in traditional Japanese events, daily life and so on since
ancient times. As a result, there are various customs of kakejiku in Japan; kakejiku and the life of the
Japanese are closely related. We can see Japanese values through kakejiku.
 The kakejiku is a cultural tradition which the Japanese people should be proud of. However, many people
in other countries don't know much about it because it hasn't been showcased as much. This is why I
decided to try to introduce it. The kakejiku world is very interesting and beautiful. We want not only the
Japanese, but also many people from other countries to know and enjoy it. I hope that many people will
love kakejiku someday.

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