art japanese

Netsuke of a sleeping mermaidPeriodo Meji (1868 - 1912)Grès netsukeHeight: 3.7 cmMermaid and merman (ninhgyo) were illustrated in imported and locally published encyclopedias distributed in Japan during the eighteenth century. They fit nicely in the category of anthropomorphic monsters long seen in Japanese art. In the encyclopedias, however, they were classed with mythical people such as Ashinaga and Tenaga. Mermaid imagery, considered semi-erotic, reached the highest of its popularity in the eighteenth century and early nineteenth century, although interest was revived in the late...

Mino Ware, Oribe StyleA green glazed stoneware Oribe footed square serving dish decorated with iron wash grape leaves and geometric patternsMomoyama to Edo period, Early 17th century 20 by 18 by 5.7 cm With a tactile surface texture decorated with an asymmetrical design painted between green-glazed areas, this dish is a typical example of Green Oribe (ao-oribe) ware. The glaze fired to a vivid color flows down to the side walls pooling in rich, deep green lakes at the bottom on two opposite corners and the white strip in between is decorated in a brown iron wash with grape branches...

Cranes and young pinesKanō school, early Edo period (1615-1868)17th centuryFour-folds screen; gold background140 by 255 cm The scene, in the typical style of the Kanō artists, depicts three cranes. The birds are surrounded by pine branches, sharp rocks and agitated waters, whose lines accentuate the dynamism and strength of the whole composition. The poses of the animals reflect the scene’s mood: very dynamic for the crane near the waterfall and more relaxed for the pair standing on the left on a plane ground by calm waters.Pines (matsu) often occur in Japanese art as a symbol of...

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