List of Works

Important Cultural Property, "Flowers and Birds of the Four Seasons"

Flowers and Birds of the Four Seasons (left)   Flowers and Birds of the Four Seasons (right)

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.

  • Artist: Kano Motonobu
  • Historical era: Muromachi (16th century)
  • Material: Printed on washi, with gold leafs applied
  • Medium: Pair of six-fold screens
  • Theme: High Resolution Facsimile of Historical Cultural Assets
  • Size: Each screen 162.9 x 359.6 cm (L x W)
  • Recipient: Hakutsuru Fine Art Museum
  • [Original]
  • Current owner: Hakutsuru Fine Art Museum
  • Material: Gold-colored paper


Kano Motonobu is the successor to first generation Masanobu, and is responsible for establishing the painting style and organizational structure of the Kano school. This work uses rich colors on gold background. The right screen (shown below) shows pine trees, cherry blossoms, plum blossoms, and peonies. Pheasants such as peacocks are centered on the main screen, flanked by herons, sparrows, and quails. The right side depicts the change in seasons from spring to summer. The left side depicts fall to winter by using browning maple leaves and snow-covered bamboo grass and rocks. This work represents Motonobu's entry into the area of Yamato-e (pictures of ancient Japan), and is regarded as an example of large-scale gold-backed paintings.


Kyoto Culture Association (NPO)
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Kyoto Culture Association (NPO)
Formerly Kyoto City Seitoku Junior high school 3F
290 Hanjocho Takatsuji Street Muromachi nishi
Shimogyo ku
Kyoto City, Kyoto
Japan 600-8433