List of Works

"Tigers in Bamboo Grove on the north side of Shitchu room / Kano Sanraku/Sansetsu"

Tigers in Bamboo Grove on the north side of Shitchu room

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 : Eight sliding doors
  • Theme : High Resolution Facsimile of Historical Cultural Assets
  • Size : Four of eight panels, excluding the central part of the north side of the chamber:
               184.8 x 94.8 cm (L x W)
               The four remaining panels from the central part of the north side of the chamber:
               184.8 x 66.7 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

Because Buddhist services are held in this chamber, it is considered the most important of the abbot's several chambers. The surrounding 20 paintings on sliding door panels are referred to as Tigers in Bamboo Grove. In the east side of the chamber, the panels portray a streak of tigers roaring heavenward, while the panels on the west side reveal a tiger cub playing with its mother's tail. Judging from the geometric composition of the rocks and bamboo seen in the panels on the north side of the chamber, historians generally believe that Kano Sansetsu was the artist who created the works that adorn this chamber. At the time the paintings on these sliding doors in Tenkyuin Subtemple were produced, the 70-year-old Sanraku is believed to have consigned this task to his stepson Sansetsu, reflecting the generational change taking place at the time.

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