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7.2 Nakajima Raishô (1796-1871)
Signed: Raishô hitsu
Seals: Raishô
Technique: colours on silk 33.5 x 50.5
Date: early autumn 1854
Mounting: green damask and beige silk
dark wooden rollers, 125.5 x 63.3
Box: signed
Condition: wormage at the top and damaged at the bottom of the mounting, otherwise good

Misogi is a Shinto purification ritual, often performed at sacred waterfalls, lakes and rivers.

Raishô was born in Ôtsu and he was a pupil of the influential Nangaku and later of Maruyama Ôzui (1766-1829). He was an important painter, who attracted equally important students like Konô Bairei (1844-1895) and Kawabata Gyokushô (1842-1913). On January 17th 1868 the art organization the Joun-sha was founded, with Raishô as their oldest core member.

With Yokoyama Kazan (1784-1837), Shiokawa Bunrin (1801-1877) and Kishi Renzan (1805-1859), Raishô was considered one of the four great masters of Kyoto at the end of the Edo period.

Roberts p. 127
Araki p. 1203
Kyoto '98 p. 288
Hillier pp. 332-335