Restoration Antique Kakejiku Hanging Scroll: Siddhārtha Gautama Leaving a Mountain by Chikusen Nishida

restoration antique kakejiku Japanese hanging scroll

Most Japanese works of art are basically created on the idea that they would be remounted later on. Many of the Japanese paintings are made of fragile materials such as silk and paper. Because of the deterioration of the paintings themselves and mounting, paintings of the East have been transmitted until today by means of regular restoration executed every few decades or 100 years. This is why techniques of mounting and restoration are indispensable in preserving and transmitting these works of of art.

This time, we restored an antique kakejiku with a Siddhārtha Gautama Leaving a Mountain painting by Chikusen Nishida.

 

Chikusen Nishida

His real name is Shotaro (1879-1951). He was born in Shimodoi, Aioi City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. Since his childhood, he had been good at painting, later he moved to Kyoto and studied painting pictures. Not long after he moved to Kyoto, he became a pupil of the great painter, Shonen Suzuki (First professional name: “百僊/Hyakusen”) and he was given his professional name “竹僊/Chikusen.” Shonen Suzuki is famous for forming one big artist group in Kyoto and produced many famous artists such as Shoen Uemura.

Shounen Suzuki Japanese style painter

Shonen Suzuki

Hyakunen Suzuki, who is the father of Shonen Suzuki, was also an artist. Furthermore, when tracing the Suzukis genealogy, Hyakusen was from Ako City of Hyogo Prefecture. Shonen Suzuki took great care of Nishida because they were from the same region and it is said that Shonen gave one Chinese character from his name 百僊 /Hyakusen and give Nishida name as 竹僊/Chikusen.

Because of his outstanding painting ability, Chikusen Nishida supposed to go down in history of painting, however, he could not get along with Shonen Suzuki who was quick-tempered. In the later years, he left Kyoto artist’s community, moved back to his home Aioi. It is said that his gloom was relieved by painting pictures in the countryside.

 

This is a painting of Siddhārtha Gautama Leaving a Mountain by Chikusen Nishida.

restoration antique kakejiku Japanese hanging scroll

 

Siddhārtha Gautama Leaving a Mountain

When Siddhārtha Gautama was twenty nine years old, he went to seclude himself in a mountain for training. He had practiced a form of asceticism in order to attain enlightenment for six or seven years.
Although the rigourousness of training was beyond description, he couldn’t attain enlightenment. Finally he left the mountain.

The above work depicts Siddhārtha Gautama leaving the mountain.

 

 

Restoration Antique Japanese Kakejiku

The lining paper partially separated from the painting because adhesion of the paste became weak.

restoration antique kakejiku Japanese hanging scroll

restoration antique kakejiku Japanese hanging scroll

 

In such a case, the kakejiku needs to be remounted. Removing the old backing papers and applying a new backing paper onto the back side of the main artwork solve the trouble.

If you want to know remounting process more, please refer to the below video.

 

Here is the remounted kakejiku! After a long restoration, the Siddhārtha Gautama painting is at last brought back to new life.

restoration antique kakejiku Japanese hanging scroll

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The wrinkles due to separation have been improved, so we can enjoy this antique kakejiku like a new one.

 

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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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 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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