K248 Fuji & Zen Couple by Yamaoka Tesshū 山岡鉄舟

You will live to a hundred, I will live to ninety-nine.
[As together we gaze] on the peak ofMt. Fuji and the Pines of Miho.

Brushed by Tesshū Kōhō.

鉄舟高歩書
富士能高根を三保の松
お前百迄和しや九十九迄

Yamaoka Tesshū (山岡鉄舟, 1836-1888)

K248
hanging scroll, sumi on paper 114.8 cm × 34.4cm.

 

This charming theme was often painted by Tesshū. It depicts a couple grown old together, as close and considerate of each other as can be, in state of harmony gazing on the beauty of nature. This is as close as we can get to paradise on this earth.