The Activities of the Twelve Months

Nichōsai (Matsuya Heizaburō), Japanese, 1772 - 1803

Made in Japan, Asia

Edo Period (1615-1868)


Ink and color on paper; mounted as a handscroll

7 1/4 x 360 inches (18.4 x 914.4 cm) Mount: 8 1/2 x 404 1/2 inches (21.6 x 1027.4 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

* Gallery 242, Asian Art, second floor

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Credit Line:
Gift of Henry B. Keep, 1964

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In this scroll the artist Jichosai uses lively lines to capture humorous figures as they carry out various activities for each of the twelve months of the year. This image, representing the tenth month, shows Buddhist monks at prayer.

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