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老梅図襖
Old Plum

Artist:
Kano Sansetsu (Japanese, 1590–1651)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
1646
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Four sliding-door panels (fusuma); ink, color, gold, and gold leaf on paper
Dimensions:
Overall (of all four panels): 68 3/4 x 191 1/8 in. (174.6 x 485.5 cm) Overall (a): 68 3/8 x 47 5/8 in. (173.7 x 121 cm) Overall (b): 68 3/8 x 48 3/4 in. (173.7 x 123.8 cm) Overall (c): 68 1/2 x 47 3/4 in. (174 x 121.3 cm) Overall (d): 68 1/2 x 47 3/4 in. (174 x 121.3 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
The Harry G. C. Packard Collection of Asian Art, Gift of Harry G. C. Packard, and Purchase, Fletcher, Rogers, Harris Brisbane Dick, and Louis V. Bell Funds, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, and The Annenberg Fund Inc. Gift, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.268.48a–d
Not on view
The massive black trunk of an ancient plum tree with bending, twisting branches spans nearly sixteen feet across four sliding panels. The reptilian old tree sprouts blossoms, which convey the atmosphere of a cold early spring morning and symbolize birth and renewal. These panels originally formed one wall of a room in the Tenshōin, a subtemple of Myōshinji, a Zen temple in Kyoto. During the 1880s, they were sold to a private collector and trimmed at the top to conform to the smaller dimensions of his home. On the reverse of these panels was a composition depicting the Chinese theme of the Eight Daoist Immortals, which formed a wall in the adjacent room. This composition was later separated and remounted, and it is now in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
Tenshō'in , Kyoto (until ca. 1886); gifted to Kataoka Naoharu. ; Kataoka Naoharu (until mid-1950's; acquired by Mizutani Nisaburō). ; [ Mizutani Nisaburō , Tokyo; sold to Harry G. C. Packard]. ; Harry G. C. Packard , Tokyo (1975; donated and sold to MMA)
Kyoto National Museum. "Kachō no bi: kaiga to ishō," October 5, 1982–November 13, 1982.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Seasonal Pleasures in Japanese Art (Part One)," October 12, 1995–April 28, 1996.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Resonant Image: Tradition in Japanese Art (Part Two)," April 27, 1998–September 27, 1998.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of Japan," 1999.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Blossoms of Many Colors: A Selection from the Permanent Collection of Japanese Art," March 21, 2000–August 9, 2000.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Enlightening Pursuits," February 28, 2001–August 5, 2001.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Great Waves: Chinese Themes in the Arts of Korea and Japan I," March 1, 2003–September 21, 2003.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Birds, Flowers, and Buddhist Paradise Imagery in Japanese Art," February 14, 2004–June 13, 2004.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Mighty Kano School: Orthodoxy and Iconoclasm," December 18, 2004–June 5, 2005.

Minneapolis Institute of Arts. "Screens of Old Plums and Chinese Immortals Reunited," May 6, 2006–October 1, 2006.

Tokyo National Museum. "Masterpieces of Zen Culture from Myōshin-ji," January 20, 2009–March 1, 2009.

Kyoto National Museum. "Masterpieces of Zen Culture from Myōshin-ji," March 24, 2009–May 10, 2009.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Five Thousand Years of Japanese Art: Treasures from the Packard Collection," December 17, 2009–June 10, 2010.

Kyoto National Museum. "Kanō Sanraku and Sansetsu," March 30, 2013–May 12, 2013.

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