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Fuji, hawk, and eggplant
© Mori Seikaku

1000: Fuji, hawk, and eggplant (Seikaku)

There is an old superstition in Japan that the first dream of the year is important in determining luck (one is assumed to stay up over the dawn of the new year, so the dream is on the night of January 1st). And the best dream of all, it is said, includes "One, Mt Fuji – two, a hawk; – three, eggplants (nasubi, or aubergines)". This picture portrays all three rather splendidly, in a classic composition of muted colours.

Note that the trio comprises the first three items in the "ten goodnesses" list; it seems that while the rest of the list, from four gods, five carp and so on, consists of counts of things, these first are simply numbered "One, two, three." Very complex...

For more about the "first dream", Wikipedia article hatsuyume

No biographical details, but the artist Mori Seikaku specialises in animal and flower scroll paintings. He signs his work the traditional way, with the characters for his given (brush) name, Seikaku (lit. 'nest of the crane') and a seal of the same.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E11222 (11-222 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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