Tatars Playing Polo and Hunting
Tatars Playing Polo and Hunting, attributed to Kano Soshu (Japanese, 1551–1601). Ink, colors and gold on paper. Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, Museum purchase, B69D18.a-.b. Photograph © Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.
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- Attributed to Kano Soshu
- Historical era:
- Momoyama(16th century)
- printed, gold on washi paper
- a pair of six-fold screens
- High Resolution Facsimile of Japanese Art Abroad
- Each screen H166.4 × W348.0 cm
- Kyoto National MuseumMAP
- Current owner:
- San Francisco Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
- ink, color, and gold on washi paper
Kano Soshu is the second son of Kano Shoei and the younger brother of Kano Eitoku who was one of
the most influential painters in the Momoyama period.
Not many artworks exist, but his actual paintings and related materials show that he carried on the bold style of Eitoku and was active as his right-hand.
The Tartars refer to the nomadic tribes living in northeastern Mongolia. In this painting, Soshu vigorously depicted the Tartars’ favorite pastimes: a hunt in the left screen and a polo game in the right screen. This type of exotic paintings was widely accepted among the Samurai class and became the popular subject which the Kano School painters were good at from the Momoyama to the beginning of the Edo period. Above all, this artwork is widely known as the masterpiece in particular.
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