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  • Material

    Ink on paper, silk mounting

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  • Period

    Edo 17-18th century

  • Box

    Collector’s box On the box ; “Ghost playing zither”


Gyokushi playing a one-string zither

A beautiful woman is playing a one-string zither. A dragon is glaring hard and the black ink covering whole the space gives a fearful atmosphere by and large. Woman’s face is full of dignity, rather a goddess than a ghost. The Chinese style costume that she is wearing indicates that she is from China.

These points correspond a legendary Chinese goddess, Gyokushi.

Gyokushi is a Chinese goddess, a daughter of the Goddess Seiōbo (the Queen Mother of the West or Xi Wangmu).
The legend says that all kinds of birds gather around her when she plays a one-string zither, and she moves on the back of a flying white dragon.

On the collector’s box is written “ghost playing zither”, probably the ex-owner thought that this woman is a ghost because her legs are not painted vaguely.