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Birds and Flowers of Autumn and Winter

Kano school

  • Birds and Flowers of Autumn and Winter / Kano school

© The Trustees of the British Museum (2017).

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 school
Historical era:
Edo (17th century)
Material:
printed, sprinkled gold on washi paper
Medium:
Four sliding doors
Theme:
High Resolution Facsimiles of Japanese Art Abroad
Size:
Each door L173.5 × W141.0 cm
Recipient:
Tanzan ShrineMAP
[Original]
Current owner:
British Museum
Material:
ink, color, and sprinkled gold on washi paper
DESCRIPTION

On four broad sliding-door panels sprinkled with ornamental gold and silver dust as well as finely cut foil, birds and flowers full of vitality are richly drawn. On the left side, there are wild geese playing by maple trees in their autumn colors and hibiscus mutabilis. The right side depicts Japanese cypresses and white camellias enveloped in snow and ducks resting near the water, expressing a shift in the seasons from autumn to winter. It is thought that there was originally a sliding door showing the spring and summer, forming a painting of birds and flowers of the four seasons.This work is said to have been handed down from a schoolmaster’s mansion that was once located at the Tanzan Shrine (formerly Tonomine-Myorakuji Temple), which was famous as a site for talks on the Taika Reform, and its brilliance is reminiscent of the prosperity of those times. From the style of this painting, it is thought that the artist was Kano Takanobu (1571–1618), the second son of Kano Eitoku, although this is not definite and further research is necessary in the future. In any case, there is no doubt that Birds and Flowers of Autumn and Winter is an extremely important work as a large painting of birds and flowers from the early part of the Edo period.

Exhibit information

Exhibit information

Exhibit dates:
Currently on display
Place:
Tanzan Shrine(Sakurai City, Nara Prefecture)
URL:
http://www.tanzan.or.jp/english/
Address:
633-0032
319, Tounomine, Sakurai City, Nara Prefecture

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