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hanging scroll of a Skull
  • Yabu Chōsui
    born: Osaka, Japan ; active: Japan
  • hanging scroll of a Skull, 1800s, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • ink on paper
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 128.2 x 27.8 cm
    Mount Dimensions: 186.2 x 41 cm
    Roller Dimensions: 18 1/2 x 1 in
  • Gift of Roger Keyes in memory of Keiko Mizushima Keyes
  • Not on display
  • 1989.0248
Label Text

Image of a skull with modulated brushstrokes and tonality. Half of the scroll is occupied with calligraphy.

Translated inscription: What is beauty? Good sleep and fine meal and there is no sickness. Let me try to speak the matter of things. You are in such a good shape in this life. And your merit is as beautiful as the autumn landscape.