Choju-giga | Monkey Incense Holder
Monkey Incense Holder
From the first scenen of Choju-giga, a famous set of Japanese painting, it contains four picture scrolls, the earliest linear monochrome drawing from the 12th - 13th century that is continued in use in Japanese design.
The content reflects the society of the time, depicting animals and characters in the form of caricatures, which is a masterpiece of Japanese opera (caricature), especially the first scenen, which depicts rabbits, frogs, and monkeys in a anthropomorphic way. Is the most famous one among them. Because some of the techniques are similar to modern Japanese manga techniques, Choju-giga are often referred to as the oldest manga in Japan.
As opened, the first scroll illustrates rabbits and monkeys bathing and getting ready for a ceremony, a monkey thief runs from animals with sticks and knocks over a frog from the lively ceremony. Further on, the rabbits and monkeys are playing and wrestling while another group of animals participate in a funeral and frog prays to Buddha as the scroll closes.
Size | W40 × D16 × H34mm | Hole 3mm
Weight | 22g