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This painting may represent a rebus, or word puzzle, for the Chinese gongming fugui (????; meritorious honor and wealth), referring to a successful scholar who has attained official rank. Gongming can mean the cry of a male bird (gongji = rooster; ming = cry) and fugui is a peony. Chikkei studied under Yamamoto Baiitsu, who is also represented in this gallery.
Purchased, with funds donated by the Asian Art Society, by the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2000