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"Frolicking Birds in Plum and Willow Trees on the north, west, and south side of Jokan-ni-no-ma / Kano Sanraku/Sansetsu"

Frolicking Birds in Plum and Willow Trees on the north, west, and south side of Jokan-ni-no-ma
Frolicking Birds in Plum and Willow Trees on the north, west, and south side of Jokan-ni-no-ma
Frolicking Birds in Plum and Willow Trees on the north, west, and south side of Jokan-ni-no-ma

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 Sanraku / Sansetsu
  • Historical era : Edo (17th century)
  • Material : Printed on washi
  • Medium : Fourteen sliding doors
  • Theme : High Resolution Facsimile of Historical Cultural Assets
  • Size : North four panels: 184.2 x 93.9 cm (L x W)
               West six panels: 178.8 x 83.8 cm (L x W)
               South four panels: 178.8 x 87.4 cm (L x W)
  • Recipient : Tenkyuin temple, a subtemple of Myoshinji Temple
  • [Original]
  • Current owner : Tenkyuin temple, a subtemple of Myoshinji Temple
  • Material : Color on washi paper dusted with gold leaf

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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