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Lucky twenty
© Mori Seikaku

1000: Lucky twenty (Seikaku)

Almost everything lucky must be in this picture. The standard "ten goodnesses" list: one Mount Fuji, two hawks (though I can only find one!), three aubergines (eggplants: I count five), the four gods, hidden at the cardinal points, five jumping carp, six gourds, seven gods of fortune, the eight-way seeing dragon, nine horses, and Jizo of the ten virtues. Then we have the crane and turtle for longevity, the nanten plant for overcoming difficulties, the ceremonial pine-bamboo-plum trio, the morning sun, the oxcart laden with treasure, the rice sacks and mice, cherry blossom, the Amur adonis plant, duckweed harvesting (believe it or not, a pun on "making money") and the rising dragon. And we do not seem to have counted the tiger...

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.

* The picture on the box has a number of "mistakes", slight differences from the puzzle.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E59003 (59-003 on box)
Retail price ¥3900

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