Advent Calendar Day 13

Resting Deer


Resting deer with fungus, by Nakai Rankō (1766–1830)

The Osaka artist Nakai Rankō was known as a poet and tea master as well as a painter. He worked in a variety of painting styles, but this work has affinities with the Maruyama-Shijō school.

In Japan the deer is associated with longevity and prosperity and is often depicted together with the sacred fungus of longevity.

Resting deer with fungus
Nakai Rankō (1766– 830)

Painting with ink and colour on paper


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