japanese art

Suzuki Kiitsu (1796–1858)Moon Hanging scroll; ink on silk, 76 by 25 cm _Mounts 157,5 by 48 cm Signed: Seisei Kiitsu 菁々其一.Square relief seal: Shukurin 祝琳 Suzuki Kiitsu was the leading painter of the “Edo Rimpa” movement of artists active in the second quarter of the nineteenth century. Born in Edo the son of a dyer, Kiitsu began his career as an apprentice to Sakai Hōitsu (1761-1828) when he was eighteen. In the early 1800s Hōitsu had revived the style of Ogata Kōrin (1658-1716), mounting an exhibition of Kōrin’s paintings in 1815 to commemorate the...

Rakuchū Rakugai ZuViews of Kyoto

Edo period, mid 17th century

Pair of six-panel folding screens; ink, colors, and gold on paper
Each 121 by 282 cm  Folding screens depicting the ancient capital city of Kyoto and its surroundings (rakuchū rakugai zu) are among the most popular genres of Japanese painting. The broad surfaces of folding screens (byōbu) were ideally suited to the panoramic cityscape, as they afforded artists opportunities both to present sweeping vistas of the capital and to focus on details of everyday life in the city. Kyoto screens first appear in documents in the...

Katana Yoshioka Ichimonji Late Kamakura period,  Mumei, circa 1320, Juyo Token
YOSHIOKA ICHIMONJI KATANALate Kamakura PeriodMumei, circa 1320NBTHK Juyo TokenNagasa [length]: 66.8 cmSori: 1.6 cm, motohaba: 3.0 cm, sakihaba: 2.1 cmSugata [shape]: Shinogi-ø, iori-mune, tori-zori curvature with chu-kissakiKitae [forging pattern]: Ko-itame mixed with nagare hadaHamon [ltemper line]: Choji midare, sometime saka-choji, mixed with ko gunome, in nioi dekiHataraki [activities]: Koashi, yōBoshi [point temper line]: Notare komi with komaru.Nakago [...

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