This Japanese nihonga or painting of a toy puppy looks like it should go with the Hina dolls painting we have. It was made by an artist by the name of Nihonga Geijyutu, who also painted our wll art of the two cranes. It is from an antique and vintage store in Tokyo that also sells local and other artist work like this so it could be either, as we are not yet familiar with the artist. I started looking at this again and now I cannot decide if its an inu- a dog; or neko- a cat.
The seller from a store in Tokyo stated it is a vintage original, as we did specifically ask They did not know the exact dating, no doubt sometime in the Showa period of 1926 to 1989. It is hand painted on rice paper with water colors. Nihongais is a general term in Japanese for a painting. This is painted with water colors or possibly oil on rice paper. It is signed by the artist with their red seal. It has a backing board and is ready to be framed. It also has enough space all around for a matting although with the artist's intention of a small dog inside of a bigger picture, I don't know if I would want to cover it up with a mat. It is in excellent condition and comes with the original box. There may be some minor age wear but I only see minor staining on the backing. This is a small painting of a Japanese dog and very colorful. It could also be intended as the 'year of the dog' motif as is common. It is, perfect for that wall spot that just needs something. It would also look great hanging with the Hina dolls picture we have.
SIZE: Height 10.6 inches or 27 cm. Width 9.4 inches or 24 cm
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