japanese art

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 [...

Hakuin Ekaku (1685-1768)
HAKUIN EKAKU (1685-1768)Mamezo Hotei (Hotei in the Guise of a Street Performer)Edo period (1615-1868), mid-18th century Hanging scroll depicting Hotei as a street entertainer, wearing a happy expression as he stands on his begging bag twirling a water-filled dish using a bamboo pole held in his mouth. Seals: 顧鑑咦 (Kogani); 白隠 (Hakuin) and 恵隺之印 (Ekakunoin)Ink on paper, 129 x 32 cm164 x 40.5 cm overall  The poem reads: 目に津可は津連てござれ奈江戸品河乃奥まても If I can catch you eyespleasetake meto the inner partof Shinagawa in Edo  Mamezo was originally the name of a beggar...

Field of Pinks and Rising MoonA six-panel folding screen DATEMomoyama period, 17th centuryMEDIUMInk, colors, gold leaf, and silver on paperDIMENSIONS166 by 360 cm A field of wild pinks (nadeshiko; Dianthus superbus) blooms under a rising moon in this six-panel folding screen. The anonymous artist arranged the flowers, a relative of the carnation, in dense, rhythmical clusters in three horizontal registers in the lower half of the screen, above which clouds of gold leaf merge with the gilded sky. Interspersed between the layers of flowers are passages where flecks of silver foil, now...

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