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23. Murase Sôseki 1822-1877)
Ascending dragon
Signed: Sôseki sha
Seals: Sôseki
Technique: sumi on silk decorated with applicant shells (on the tail) 86.9 x 28.1
Mounting: brown brocade embroidered top and blue gold brocade bottom
Black gold lacquered with waves decorated urushi-e rollers, 132 x 36.5
Condition: sublime

Exquisite mounting: Embroidered dragon at the top of the mounting, rich blue gold brocade dragon woven in the bottom part and black gold lacquered wave decorated jiku, roller ends.

Sôseki was born in Kyoto. In his early years he studied with Matsumura Keibun (1779-1843) and Oda Kaisen (1785-1862) and later he became a pupil of Yokoyama Seiki (1793-1865).
He frequently visited Edo where he was associated with Matsumoto Fuko (1840-1923) and Watanabe Seitei (1851-1918).
Through Seiki he was a close follower of Go Shun (1752-1811) and promoted the conservation of the Shijô school.

Roberts p. 162
Berry & Marioka pp. 62-63
Kyoto '98 p. 294