(猿 田 毘 古 大 神, 猿 田 彦 大 神) is considered to be the leader of the earthly Kami
, the Shintô.
Thereby it is referred to the myths in which Sarutahiko
(according to the legend, he is the great-grandfather of the emperor Jimmu
and consequently the ancestor of all Japanese emperors), the grandchild of the Sun Goddess Amaterasu
, to earth. He stands as symbol for misogi
(ritual cleansing), strength and lead. Therefore, he is the patron of martial arts as for example Aikidô
is the way of misogi
itself; the way to become Sarutahiko Ôkami
and to stand on the floating bridge of heaven." [Morihei Ueshiba
One thing which is especially striking about Sarutahiko
might be his "seven-hand-long" nose. For this reason he is often illustrated as long-nose-Tengu
: Handpainted on silk
Artist: 尊愛 Sonai
, with seal.
Date: around 1950 (Mid Shôwa
Length: approx. 157 cm
Width: approx. 35,5 cm
: Brocade silk
Material of the endpieces (jikubô
Condition: Good. Fresh colours; Slightly stained/darkened due to its age throughout in the area of the Ten, Chi
. Slight water stains and folding traces in the upper area of the hassô
(due to its age).This image may slightly vary in colour to the original - due to the photo/scan.