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Whaling—Japan | A fine Japanese hand-painted scroll depicting whales and whaling, late 18th century

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Whaling—Japan | A fine Japanese hand-painted scroll depicting whales and whaling, late 18th century

Whaling—Japan | A fine Japanese hand-painted scroll depicting whales and whaling, late 18th century

Estimate:

26,000

to
- 30,000 GBP

Starting bid:

24,000

GBP

(0 bids, reserve not met)

Lot closes:

Lot closes:

6 days, 23 hours

6 days, 23 hours

May 13, 01:34 PM (GMT)

May 13, 01:34 PM (GMT)

Whaling—Japan


肖美鯨冥取之景. A fine Japanese hand-painted scroll depicting whales and whaling, late 18th century


pen and ink, watercolour, gouache and gold leaf on fine washi (和紙) traditional Japanese hand-made paper (image area 28 x 918cm., overall 28 x 940cm. including later protective cover and title label), preserved in a modern sandalwood box with protective case and chemise, minor worming and wear with expert restoration and repaired tear in first section, modern endpaper and silk tie


A VERY RARE AND FINE HAND-PAINTED JAPANESE SCROLL ON WHALES AND WHALING, OVER 9 METRES LONG.

The composition of this scroll is in four parts: the first part shows two different types of fishing boats used in whale hunting; the second depicts an animated whaling scene with a whale surrounded by fourteen boats with the scene highlighted with flecks of gold; the third depicts twelve different types of whales each identified and described, and the final part details eight different types of harpoons. 

minor worming and wear with expert restoration and repaired tear in first section, modern endpaper and silk tie. The scroll has been expertly silked on the reverse and appears to have been remounted on a wooden roll.


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