A favorite theme of mine: deer and autumn plants

25 May 2023
Since the Heian period, The theme of the deer and autumn plants has been employed in poetry and art to represent autumn.
This subject has always fascinated me in a special way, either because of the elegance of this animal or because of the lyrical narrative related to the theme of autumn. 
The subject is traditional to Yamato-e art, i.e., that which is typically Japanese and not Chinese-inspired, and can be found in famous works, such as the suzuribako known as "Kasugayama" -Important Cultural Property - preserved at the Nezu Museum and dating back to the 15th century.



Works that take up this subject certainly include other lacquerware, but also tsuba, paintings, and screens. Here is a selection of available works:


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