Rooster in the Snow

Marriage of Mice


Mice in the middle of a wedding ceremony are depicted on the left side of this wide painting. At the right, a drunken mouse holding a sake cup arrives, being pulled by his tail. Although a wide space separates them, some mice leave their banquet seats to greet the late arrival.The pointed ears, beady eyes, whiskers, and eyebrows are lovingly depicted. These personified, charming mice suggest Jakuchū’s fondness for living creatures. The signature on this painting reads “Old Man Beito, eight-one years of age” (Beito-ou hachi-jū issai).

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