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Good luck monkeys
© Sugiyama Kasen

1000: Good luck monkeys (Kasen)

Five rather playful monkeys in a cherry tree carry the usual "Good luck" significance, and they are surrounded by other auspicious elements: in the lower left corner Shouchikubai, the trio of pine, bamboo, and plum, represent longevity, wealth, and an abundance of progeny; and in the background carp battling gravity to climb the waterfall represent "coming up in the world." Even the plants in the foreground have special significance: the little yellow flowers are called "fukujusô", or "fortune flower" (scientific name Adonis amurensis), and Nandina domestica, the plant with the red berries, is called "nanten", a pun on "overcoming difficulties."


The artist Sugiyama Kasen signs his paintings with his given name, Kasen, as is the tradition. No information about him is available, except that he was born in Gifu.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E11101 (11-101 on package)
Retail price ¥3000

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