Antique Japanese scroll painting of a koi (carp) fish jumping up a waterfall. The legend of the koi originated in China when a group of koi swam up the Yellow River. When they reached a waterfall many turned back but some stayed and attempted to jump up and over. The tenacity of the koi was noticed by nearby demons who kept making the waterfall taller and taller. But one fish finally made a giant effort, succeeded in leaping over and at that moment, was transformed into a dragon. Because of this story, the koi represents perseverance and strength. Painted in sumi-e ink and light colors on silk. Signed by the artist.
Age: Taisho Period (early 20th century)
Dimensions: Total size: 65 1/2″ high x 20 1/2″ wide (20 1/2″ wide including wooden rollers). Size of art: 42″ high x 16 1/4″ wide