Daikoku with rats pulling a radish mikoshi

Artist: Kawanabe Kyōsai 河鍋暁斎 (1831-1889)
Historical period(s)
Meiji era, 1831-1912
Ink and color on paper
H x W: 26.7 x 38.8 cm (10 1/2 x 15 1/4 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Album, Drawing

Album leaf

Daikoku, Japan, Meiji era (1868 - 1912), radish, rat
Provenance research underway.

Lively sketches by the nineteenth-century artist Kawanabe Kyosai reveal the variety of traditional Chinese and Japanese legends that were popular in the Meiji era, when Japan was rapidly modernizing along Western technological models. Daikoku, a popular Chinese and Japanese deity associated with wealth, is shown with his bag and his messenger, the rat. Here his attendants busily pull a large white radish (daikon) that serves as a mikoshi, a movable shrine used in Shinto religious ceremonies to transport the spirit of a deity.

See also F1975.29.8 and F1975.29.12.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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