Unknown. Horizontal Scroll. (11 cm. x 452 cm.) ills. Black illustration on plain washi paper. Wooden dowl. Gold silk protective backing to first section. Some minor tape repair. First section starting but holding. Dark brown cloth tie. Very minor fabric loss to silk backing. Vey Good overall. Item #172
The illustrated animal fable, Choju Gigo, is translated as the "Scroll of Frolicking Animals". Ascribed to Japanese Buddhist priest, Toba Sojo, in the 12th or 13th century, the original scroll now has the modern reputation as the oldest example of "Manga". Monochromatic freestyle drawings of animals (rabbits, frogs, foxes, etc.) go about their lives and days in similar ways to humans; occasionally working but usually testing the endurance and patience of one another in extreme ways. Modern studies suggest that the priest (or priests) that created these wonderful drawings was satirizing the social decadence of his era. (A common practice of artistic priests of any era and culture.) However, using rabbits and frogs as characters is inevitably going to amuse most people. As whimsical as they are amazing, this picture scroll is a vintage replication of one series in this delightful saga. As scarce as it is fun to unroll.