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Frolicking Birds in Plum and Willow Trees

Kano Sanraku/Sansetsu

  • Frolicking Birds in Plum and Willow Trees / Kano Sanraku/Sansetsu
  • Frolicking Birds in Plum and Willow Trees / Kano Sanraku/Sansetsu
  • Frolicking Birds in Plum and Willow Trees / Kano Sanraku/Sansetsu
  • Frolicking Birds in Plum and Willow Trees / Kano Sanraku/Sansetsu

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.

DATA
Artist:
Kano Sanraku/Sansetsu
Historical era:
Edo (17th century)
Material:
printed, gold on washi paper
Medium:
Eighteen sliding doors
Theme:
High Resolution Facsimile of Historical Cultural Assets
Size:
East 4 panels : L189.5 × W141.2 cm
North 4 panels : L184.2 × W93.9 cm
West 6 panels : L178.8 × W83.8 cm
South 4 panels : L178.8 × W87.4 cm
Recipient:
Tenkyuin Temple, a subtemple of Myoshinji TempleMAP
Period of creation:
The work of the seventh period: the east side four sliding doors of the Jokan-ni-no-ma room
The work of the forth period: the north, west, and south side fourteen sliding doors of the Jokan-ni-no-ma room
[Original]
Current owner:
Tenkyuin Temple, a subtemple of Myoshinji Temple
Material:
ink, color and gold on washi paper
DESCRIPTION

The second upper room of Tenkyuin Subtemple holds eight sliding doors comprising a total of 18 painted panels depicting mountain birds and pheasants on a plum tree. Of these 18 panels, ten are wooden sliding doors depicting mainly a willow and white herons. The depictions span the spring and winter seasons. Of the paintings on the Sliding Panels in the Abbot's Chambers of Tenkyuin Subtemple, the most notable are the well-known Plum Blossoms and Frolicking Birds (four of the panels on the north side). This very interesting composition, illustrating the trunk of the plum trees wending its way upward and downward, seems to presage the masterpiece of later years, Sansetsu's The Old Plum that was painted in sliding doors in Tenshoin Subtemple, which is now in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in United States.

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