Hokusai Katsushika, Marishiten, Hokusai Manga

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Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Katsushika Hokusai (1760 - 1849)
Title: Marishiten
Series: Hokusai Manga Vol.3
Publisher: Toheki-do
Date: 1814-1878
Size: (T) 22.7 x 15.7 cm (B) 22.7 x 15.7 cm
Condition: Binding holes, light creases.

This print is from the Hokusai Manga (sketches) series published in 15 volumes. The first volume of the series was intended as a drawing instruction manual but Hokusai almost immediately removed the text and republished the drawings alone. The series took Hokusai on an encyclopaedic venture, from seemingly insignificant depictions of everyday objects to spirits and historical figures.

Marishiten is regarded as a deification of mirages and being thus invisible or difficult to see was invoked in order to escape the notice of one's enemies. This martial aspect has been carried over in the cult of Marishiten in Japan, where it came to be revered as a tutelary deity of the warrior class. Later it was also worshipped as a god of wealth and prosperity among the merchant class. Marishiten assumes a variety of forms and may have one, three, five or six faces and two, six, eight, ten or twelve arms. In its many-faced manifestations one of the faces is that of a sow, and it rides either a sow or a chariot drawn by seven pigs, sometimes with bow and arrows.

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Print Format Double Page
Artist Name Hokusai Katsushika
Title Marishiten
Subject Spirits & Religion
Dimensions (T) 22.7 x 15.7 cm (B) 22.7 x 15.7 cm
Condition Report Binding holes, light creases.