Scrolls with Carp and Koi
The carp is symbol of success. In ancient China and
Japan, they were thought to be the spirits of Dragons that had descended
to earth and then when striving towards heaven they would become Dragons
again. The myth changes and can be told in a different way depending on
where you are.
Tory-mon means The Rising dragon's gate- which also means The gateway to
success. The Carp will rise to the sky after transforming into dragons.
Koi is the Japanese word for carp. However these days Koi is understood
to be fancy carp with different colours each having a specific name. Koi
Carp are one of the most popular hobby fish in the world. Some Koi Carp
are worth a great deal of money and some become almost personal friends
of the owner. There are many varieties of Koi and what I have done here
is arrange to have some wonderful artists create some traditional
paintings of Koi and Carp. it is very difficult to get old
pictures of Koi as this is a relatively modern hobby with may of
the colours being developed over the past few years. However, Koi have
been kept for centuries and sometimes we are fortunate on locating one
of these very old Koi Scrolls.
In Japan, "koi (carp)" is a symbol of strength, courage
and patience.Displaying a scroll with Carp or of Koi also shows
This subject has
often been used to show respect and good wishes for the harmony of
a couple and family.
Carp as a fish in both
China and Japan are believed to be fish capable of climbing upstream
against rapid currents and overcoming all manner of obstacles, and they
are thus taken as a symbol of the strength, courage and patience to
accomplish major goals. And the figure which swims calmly without
fighting and the territory makes a model of home harmony. From this, the
custom in Japan for boys to pray that they will take after Carp and live
their lives strongly and of hanging out "koi-nobori (carp
streamers)", shaped like koi,
on May 5, is held on Children's Day in Japan.
Sometimes with a Haiku poem, this type painting, called in the
Haiga Style, the poem would read:' Hachiman no Kam mo mini Kuru
Hatsu-Nobori. 'The Lord Hachiman will come to watch your first flag'
is a flag which is decorated for the boys at the Tangu no Sekku.
Boy's Day Banners are made individually for each family.They often have
the family crest at the top of the banner.The
reason that the Carp has
become the symbol of the Boys' Festival is because the Japanese consider
it the most spirited of fish, so full of energy and power that it can
fight its way up swift-running streams and cascades. Because of its
strength and determination to overcome all obstacles, it stands for
courage and the ability to attain high goals. The carp is an appropriate
symbol to encourage manliness and the overcoming of life's difficulties
leading to consequent success
We have other Boys Day scrolls in the Samurai Section such as this
The magnificent antique hand painted works of art show
the Japanese style of painting at its very best. Some of these scrolls
are very old and I have spent many years researching and locating the
very best in genuine Antique Scrolls. In a few cases I have had scroll
mounts restored on the scrolls where these have deteriorated,
However the restoration has been done by professional Scroll restorers
and the original paintings have not been altered in any way.
Nishiki Goi (Nishiki Koi) A beautiful painting on silk of a pair of Koi
under a pine branch. A subtle reference to both a good marriage and a
long life. Koi can live in excess of 200 years and the image of a pine
over this couple also refers to the long and happy life of a pine tree.
With box this scroll is £195 23.7x76.8 inches.
Signature is : Houkou The
seal is his studio name Shikoken.
Yoshimura Houkou (20th century) From Osaka Prefecture.
Was first taught by Yoshimura Horyu and did extensive research in the
Mori sect of painting. Was well known to do animal paintings was active
around the Taisho and early Showa Period.
Gallery value: $520 however,
I am selling this recently restored Scroll for £255
TORYU-MON Leaping Carp 76.6 x21.3 The jumping Carp is
an analogy called the Rising dragon's gate the gateway to success
This has been recently remounted with new top and bottom silks and new
box to match £255
KOI (Carp). The carp is symbol of success. In ancient China and Japan
it was thought that the Koi will become dragons after going through
TORYU-MON (Rising dragon's gate/the gateway to success), then they
will rise to the sky after transforming to dragons.
This composition is called O-IRI GOI. The line of these carps shapes
2 KANJI characters "DAI" and "HAIRU"
It's called O-IRI. This word means "Many customers coming".
This scroll is designed to bring good fortune to your business!!
a very nice scroll It originally
came with an card artist box but when we translated the box it was not
by the same artist so we upgraded the box to a hand made vintage kimono
silk covered box, £185
3: Jumping Carp. 1950. With Box £170
5: Shunho Jumping Carp 24 x 78 2 With Box £185
6: Swimming Carp/ A superb example of Japanese art at its very best.
Recently restored mounts and with box £225
7:Agari Koi-Leaping Carp
Dramatic, large Japanese scroll featuring leaping Koi fish at base of
rushing stream, early 20th century. Skilfully hand painted, animated
rendering, delicately painted with wonderful sense of movement.
Carp traditionally symbolize strength, courage and patience.
Artist signed/stamped KYUSHO.1900 £175
This was restored in late summer 2010
8: Abstract mountains and flower shikishi 35.9x10.6 Zelkova Wood Ends
Beautiful Shikishi Scroll that goes with the Yellow Koi
A wonderful Shikishi Scroll Painting -on card. This comes with a
Mimyo painted this beautiful scroll of Two Koi 53x28 with the original artist's box £195
A special scroll I created called the Golden Shoal. A study of golden
Koi Carp in a large shoal coming out of a deep cave into the sunlight. Painted in 2009.
I made a similar one for Masahiko Kimura the famous Bonsai Master in
Japan with Golden Grass Carp which he breeds in his pool at home.
These are not Koi in the general sense as they are Grass Carp which is a
different type of carp to Koi.
was featured in my last book, Bonsai Masterclass.
With its own hand made box. £175.
Modern Scrolls of Koi and Carp
also present my own modern versions of Koi and Carp scrolls for Koi
Collectors and these are shown below. I made some that
include Showa-kindai, Bekko-ki, Sanke-tancho, Kohaku-tancho,
Kohaku-menkaburi etc . I still have a few of the original group These come with a silk covered box and
were £185 per scroll but are now £99 to clear. The colour codes
here refer to the lower Koi in the group, The number 7 is a sign of
great luck and good fortune on Chinese and Japanese life. These are
Shichi-fuku-ji Koi, The seven lucky Koi gods.
11 Ichiban Scroll 12 Koi Golden
13 Koi Black
14 Koi Red
15 Carp Green
Click above pictures for a bigger image
These come with silk covered boxes and engraved plaques on the
ends of each box making this a wonderful gift for anyone that keeps Koi.
A great bargain buy at £99 for a hand painted work of art. Post is
£10 for these scrolls