Two Gibbons Reaching for the MoonTwo Gibbons Reaching for the Moon
Edo period (1615–1868)
Hanging scroll; ink on paper
45 1/4 x 19 1/16 in. (114.9 x 48.4 cm)
This charming painting depicts a mother gibbon dangling her baby by the arm as she hangs from a tendril suspended from a tree. The title of the painting is a reference to the Zen Buddhist concept that simple people and animals often mistake the reflection of the moon for the moon itself.
Fukurojin, the God of Longevity and WisdomFukurojin, the God of Longevity and Wisdom
Edo period (1617–1868)
Hanging scroll; ink and light colors on paper
45 5/8 x 22 1/4 in. (115.9 x 56.5 cm)
This humorous image depicts Fukurojin, one of a group of Chinese divinities called the “Seven Household Gods,” who were also popular folk deities in Japan.