Kouko Takahashi


Kikujidou 菊慈童

This print was produced as a kuchie frontispiece for a book. Title "Kikujidou". "Kikujudou" (Chrysanthemum boy)  is the famous mythical story about the magical powers of the Kannon sutra and chrysanthemums. According to the Kikujido legend, if four lines of the sutra (four lines out of eight that praise the Kannon) are written on a chrysanthemum leaf, the dew that forms on this leaf will become an elixir that brings 800, 900 or even 1000 years of life, also giving those who drink it a youthful appearance. Also "Kikujidou" is one of popular Noh play. 

name "Kouko" with a red seal on the right edge. 

Artist: Kouko Takahashi (1875 - 1912)
Date: Meiji 
Paper size: 5 and 3/4 x 8 and 1/2 inches (14.5 x 21.7 cm)
Condition: Good overall. Excellent colors and details. Minor soils and minor toning as shown. Please see photos for details.


Collections: Kuchi-e