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A Couple of Carps Climbing Up a Waterfall / Kuzuya Seizan - Meoto Takinoborigoi
- Product ID
- Kuzuya Seizan
A Japanese-style painter. In 1930, born in Gifu pref. Pupil of Tsubouchi Setsutarō; then Kojima Shikō, a member of the Nitten. Member of the Tōyō Bijutsu-kai. Specialized in flowers & birds paintings and figure paintings.
- 420mm x 1200mm
- Roller End Material
- Material of the Work
- Japanese paper
- JPY 43,000
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- In stock
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According to Chinese tradition, a carp that is vigorous and viable enough to swim upstream and then leap the waterfalls of the Yellow River at the Dragon Gate would be transformed into a dragon. From this mythology, in China, a carp has been believed to be the symbol of success. This idea was eventually brought to Japan, and there, it turned into the custom of Koinobori, carp streamers, which are displayed to celebrate Tango no Sekku festival, Boys’ Day, wishing for the healthy growth and development of boys. The motif, “a carp climbing up a waterfall”, has become favored as it represents a boy’s success in life, and it turned into a standard design displayed during the Tango-no-Sekku.
In this work, Kuzuya Seizan depicts a couple of carps climbing up a waterfall. The portrayal of the waterfall is very simple but profound. This work was created emphasizing ornamentation rather than realism and a sense of humor can be seen in the depiction of waterfall splash. Regardless of its small scale, it is a piece that can be enjoyed appreciating without getting bored.