Japanese Akabeko cow painting, hand painted Akabeko and cherry blossom on shikishi by Jikihara Gyokusei (1904-2005).
Japanese Akabeko cow painting, hand painted Akabeko and cherry blossom on shikishi by Jikihara Gyokusei (1904-2005).
Japanese Akabeko cow painting, hand painted Akabeko and cherry blossom on shikishi by Jikihara Gyokusei (1904-2005).
Japanese Akabeko cow painting, hand painted Akabeko and cherry blossom on shikishi by Jikihara Gyokusei (1904-2005).
Japanese Akabeko cow painting, hand painted Akabeko and cherry blossom on shikishi by Jikihara Gyokusei (1904-2005).
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Japanese Akabeko cow painting, hand painted Akabeko and cherry blossom on shikishi by Jikihara Gyokusei (1904-2005).

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Cute and lovely Japanese painting by Jikihara Gyokusei. This hand painting depicts a Akabeko, a beautiful red cow, which represents a legendary animal from the Aizu region.
This cute wall art decor will be perfect in your interior and will protect you!
Perfect for a kid's room.

The legend says that after the construction of the Enzojo-ji Temple, a red cow called "Akabeko" (Aka=red and Beko=cow in Aizu dialect) refused to leave the temple, showing a great devotion to Buddha. Akabeko became a representation of persistence and strength, bringing happiness to the local people. It is stilled a loved figure within the Aizu region.

Also, Akabeko are very popular in Fukushima prefecture because it is said that they protect from the diseases. The body of Akabeko has circle patterns that represent marks of smallpox. The circle patterns are attributed to the legend that a red cow (or bull) warded off the plague epidemic in the Heian era (794-1185). It was said that children would grow up healthy if they had akabeko nearby them. Later on, the smallpox vaccine was developed using the cowpox virus, so cows/bulls might have actually made some contribution to protecting the children of the future.

Akabeko is one of the cutest of all traditional crafts in Japan, and is loved by people of all ages in Japan as well as abroad. The sight of an adorable Akabeko brings smiles to our face and creates an inner sense of peace within us. It will surely bring you happiness too!

Jikihara Gyokusei's signature and red seal are on the painting.

About the artist:


Gyokusei Jikihara or Naohara (August 1, 1904-September 30, 2005) was a Japanese painter, Zen priest, and poet. Born in Akaiwa District, Okayama Prefecture (currently Akaiwa City), grew up on Awaji Island in Hyogo Prefecture. Graduated from Osaka Art School.

After being selected for the first time at the Imperial Art Exhibition, he was selected for the Japan Fine Arts Exhibition 16 times.
A leading figure in Nanga. Chairman of Japan Nanga Institute, Chairman of Contemporary Nanga Association, Director of Youth Culture Training Dojo, Chairman of Moriguchi City Art Association, Chairman of Seireisha, Chief of Obaku Sect Kokusei-ji Temple, Selected for Haiku Magazine "Early Spring" serve. Honorary citizen of Sumoto City, Honorary Citizen of Moriguchi City, Honorary Citizen of Minamiawaji City.


He contributed greatly to the apprenticeship works of Philip Kapleau for Zen culture and Michael Hofmann for the art of Sumi-e. Both are references in the art world and academia for their research.

Here is a link to watch an interesting video of Gyokusei Jikihara painting a mural in a Buddhist temple in Osaka, a video by Michael Hofman
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHDbc5D4C3g

Dimensions:
H: 27 cm (10.6").
W: 24 cm (9.4").

Condition:
This painting is in very good condition with little small flaws (the corner has little marks). Please look at the pictures to assess the condition.

Please note that it is sold unframed and will be a wonderful candidate for framing and display.

I'm happy to answer any questions.
I will send it well packed with a tracking number.