Posted by Fukurokuju! (188.8.131.52) on May 10, 2018 at 19:52:49:
In Reply to: Re: Old Kuniteru(?) print posted by Hans Olof Johansson on May 08, 2018 at 16:26:34:
Thank you for identifying the subject matter. I think you're correct about Fukurokuju.
This print has always made me smile as I fancied the artist conveying a bit of that notorious Taoist (or in this case, Zen) playfulness, seeming to say either that:
1) Learning can make you wise, but sometimes when a sudden rain arises, your texts might best just be used to keep your head dry!
2) Or might be a humorous but pithy take on the character of a god; that Fukurokuju was so advanced that he could absorb the wisdom of ancient texts simply by wrapping his estimable head in the text, absorbing it directly.
Either way, it remains my favorite print.
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