Monkeys Playing on a Stone Lantern, early 19th century

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Like artists of the Maruyama and Shijō schools, Sosen based his style on close observation of nature. Monkeys were his favorite subject and he is said to have lived in the mountains for three years in order to observe them in their natural habitat. Later in life he even adopted the art name "Sosen" which means "magic monkey" or "monkey wizard."

Monkeys Playing on a Stone Lantern
Artist Life
1747 - 1821
Accession Number
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