HAKUTAKU (Dealer: KIKA) – Hanging scroll with rare type of *Hakutaku used to be hanged at tokonoma (alcove) as a talisman against evil. Meiji period (1868-1912), Japan. Some aged degradation and damage as seen. Total: approx. 129 x 31cm (50.78 x 12.20in), Paper: 73 x 26cm (28.74 x 10.23in)
*Hakutaku – A fantastic beast from Chinese legend called ‘Bai Ze’. Its name literally means “white marsh”. In Zen and Japanese Culture, D T Suzuki describes the hakutaku as “a mythical creature whose body resembles a hand and whose head is human. It was anciently believed that the creature ate our bad dreams and evil experiences, and for this reason, people, wishing it to eat up all the ills which we are likely to suffer, used to hang its picture on the entrance gate or inside the house.” (Quoted from Wikipedia)
Item price: $300
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