This Japanese Vintage Kakejiku 掛軸 Hanging Scroll of Dragon was a purchase from Tokyo, Japan. They did not know the age but I believe it is at least 50-60 years old, and it could be antique. A silk scroll is hung over wooden rolls on each end. The material is very pretty and the park that looks like wall paper makes me believe it dates to between 1900-1920 from what I do know, but not so much prior to that.
This fine scroll is hand painted with great detail is very nice and appears to be a high-quality piece, all things put together. It has predominant colors of rich blacks and browns with mainly pale yellow shading. This dragon has a great expression on its face and looks very realistic. He is holding the precious pearl in its three claws. The 'divine' pearl has many meanings and followed for different reasons and religions in all of Asia. it is best preserved in Buddhism as the jewel in the lotus, the mani of the mystic, the 'Jewel that grants all desires,' or the 'divine pearl'. The figure appears to be one of the 33 Kannon surrounded by fire which is meant to fight evil. There are also relationships with this and the dragon. The stories again vary by country in Asia.
This scroll does have some age spots but they are few and small- appears to only be in one spot, please see the pictures. There are no tears or bad stains. It is clearly hand painted by a skilled painter. It is signed with the name 'Shiun', written 紫雲. I have not done significant study yet about Japanese wall art or the artists. It comes ready to hang except for the hanging tools for the wall. It does need a pair of weights. I would love to hear from anyone who knows more about this scroll or the artist.
Size Length and Width: 71.4 x 23.2 inches, 181.5 cm x 59 cm
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