|Kaku Shigi 郭子儀|
|KEY WORD : art history / paintings|
| Ch: Guo
Ziyi (697-781). A Tang dynasty general, known for his military conquests
and progeny. A native of Huazhou 華州 in Shanxi 陜西, Guo rose to fame when
he led the Chinese army on several central Asian campaigns and then crushed
the An Lushan (Jp: An Rokuzan 安禄山, ?-757) rebellion of 755-63. Guo's eight
sons and seven daughters produced so many grandchildren that, reportedly,
he could not remember all of their names. He became a symbol of longevity,
wealth, and fatherhood in China and was popular with Japanese merchants
of the Edo period. In painting he is usually pictured surrounded by children.
Among Japanese examples, Maruyama Oukyo's 円山応挙 (1733-95) series of screen
襖絵 at Daijouji 大乗寺, Hyougo prefecture, are well known.
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