japonese art

Sekka Kamisaka (1866-1942)Shikishi with tiger lilyPigments on silk on golden groundWith artist’s signature and seal21 x 18 cmIn this painting the lily entirely covers the small rectangular space forming a balanced and harmonious composition despite the almost total absence of empty spaces. A virtually identical work, but with the flower in a different position, is preserved at the Hosomi Museum in Kyoto.Sekka excelled in the small size works in which the different subjects are represented in full size.Painter and designer, Kamisaka Sekka has been one of the most important Japanese...

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...

Katakuchi yutōA large Negoro lacquered wood hanging ewer for hot waterMomoyama to early Edo period, 16th-17th centuryDiameter: 50.7 cmInscribed on the flat base in black lacquer Todaiji and illegible date  Provenance:Todaiji Temple, Nara PrefectureTodoroki Takashi (1938-2016), Tokyo Negoro lacquer wares were produced in Negoro-ji, the head temple of the Shinai Shingon sect of Buddhism. During medieval times, Negoro utensils were used in shrines and temples related to Negoro-ji for everyday use and for ritual purposes.  A very important part of enjoying Negoro ware is what...

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