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The Old Plum

Kano Sansetsu

  • 「The Old Plum」 Kano Sansetsu

Facsimile of a work in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. May not be further reproduced or resold. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Harry G.C. Packard Collection of Asian Art, Gift of Harry G. C. Packard, and Purchase, Fletcher, Rogers, Harris Brisbane Dick, and Louis V. Bell Funds, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, and The Annenburg Fund Inc. Gift, 1975(1975.268.48a-d)Photograph © 1983 The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

These images are based on the high resolution facsimile produced by the Tsuzuri Project. Unauthorized copying, duplication, or transfer of these images is strictly prohibited.

Kano Sansetsu
Historical era:
Edo (17th century)
printed, gold on washi paper
Four sliding doors
High Resolution Facsimile of Japanese Art Abroad
Each door H166.7 × W116.0 cm
Tenshoin, a subtemple of Myoshinji TempleMAP
Current owner:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
ink, color and gold on washi paper

The old plum tree almost looks like a lizard about to move and leap off the screen. Branches stretching from the large thick trunk, as if searching for growing space, bear young plum blossoms which declare the arrival of spring, a depiction that adds charm and life to this creation. The old plum tree extends sideways from the ground, and then climbs upward toward heaven where it descends and finally extends leftward as if reaching for something. This work is considered an epic by Sansetsu in his later years, and visualizes the dynamic life still within Sansetsu as he grew old.

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