A Japanese nanga scroll painting by Cho Gessho
Kakejiku (vertical hanging scroll), in ink and colour on paper, depicting a firewood trader walking from the forest to the city, signed Gessho and sealed Gyotei and Genkei, in wooden box.
H. 113.5 x W. 29 cm (painting)
H. 192 x W. 41 cm (scroll)
Collection Peter Poldervaart, Amsterdam
In winter, the people of the cities, like Kyoto, depended on dry sticks from the forests to keep their houses warm. This resulted in the roads around Kyoto, bustling with firewood traders walking from the forests to their clients in town.