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The Lucky Teakettle of Morin Temple by Ginko (active 1874 - 1897)

Item Number: 875476

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Auction Type: Standard Auction
Auction Category: Meiji Era, 1868 - 1912
Item Number: 875476
 
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The Lucky Teakettle of Morin Temple by Ginko (active 1874 - 1897)

Original Ginko (active 1874 - 1897) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Lucky Teakettle of Morin Temple

Comments - Amusing illustration from the famous tale of the lucky teakettle of Morin Temple. According to legend, a woodcutter saved a badger’s life and in gratitude, the badger, which like a fox is capable of many transformations, turned itself into a teakettle. The woodcutter sold the kettle to a priest, but temple life was not comfortable for the kettle. One day when the priest placed it over a fire, the kettle sprouted legs, turned into a badger, and began running around the temple in search of a route of escape. The artist shows the kettle in the midst of its transformation with the badger's legs, tail, and head as it howls in pain next to a floor hearth. Notice the eye peering through the tear in the shoji panel at upper left. A great depiction of the classic story.

Artist - Ginko (active 1874 - 1897)
Image Size - 7" x 9 1/4"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Backed with paper. Slight toning and curling. Please see photos for details.


The Lucky Teakettle of Morin Temple by Ginko (active 1874 - 1897)

The Lucky Teakettle of Morin Temple by Ginko (active 1874 - 1897)

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