Seven Gods of Good Fortune and Chinese Children

Artist: Kano Chikanobu (Japanese, 1660–1728)

Period: Edo period (1615–1868)

Date: 17th–18th century

Culture: Japan

Medium: One of a pair of six-panel folding screens; ink, color, and gilt on paper; Reverse side: ink, color, and gold on paper

Dimensions: 69 1/4 x 153 in. (175.9 x 388.6 cm)

Classification: Screens

Credit Line: H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929

Accession Number: 29.100.498


Three of the seven gods of good fortune—Daikokuten with a wine cup in hand, Ebisu with his red snapper, and round-bellied Hōtei—accompanied by a merry group of Chinese children fill this screen, originally one of a pair, with felicitous associations of wealth, prosperity, and abundance. The elegant fusion of ink and vivid colors, versatile brushwork, and a tight spatial composition mark an accomplished Kano studio product. The figures, too, display the Kano awareness of Chinese, especially Ming, traditions.