Raijin (God of Thunder)
hanging scroll, ink and color on silk; signed Gyotei with artist's seal Gyotei
painting 42 3/4 by 13 3/8 in., 108.5 by 34 cm
overall 77 3/4 by 19 1/4 in., 197.5 by 49 cm
Raijin (or Raiden) is the God of Thunder in Japanese mythology. His name is based on the combination of 'rai' ('thunder') and 'shin' (god). He is typically represented in the form of a demon beating a drum or a circle of drums orbiting around him. His powerful body is usually white, while his counter-part, Fujin, the God of Wind, is usually green. This painting is a fiercely expressive representation of the god; Gyotei has chosen to depict the deity screaming as he lunges forward amongst inky black clouds, his long sash whips wildly behind him while gold flames erupt from his beating drums as he unleashes his furious thunder.
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