Silk scroll and rice paper. 49.5” x 23.25”
Thank you for contacting Mearto. This is an ink painting on paper mounted on a silk brocade scroll. The artist depicts a warrior, possibly the six-armed Tibetan deity Mahakala or the Japanese war god Hachiman, on horseback. In his hands he holds various objects: a sparrow, monkey, two swords and the horse’s reins. On his head he wears a lion cap. He is riding atop clouds, and his head is encircled with a ring of fire, representing the boundary between the known universe and the chaotic. The composition of the painting and the signature suggest a Japanese artist. Tibetan compositions are usually more crowded.
This painting was probably made during the 19th or 20th century.
There is some damage to the surface. Based on sales of similar items, the Fair Market Value is between $200 and $300.