Folding fan remounted as a hanging scroll; ink and color on paper
Image: 15 1/4 × 22 3/8 in. (38.7 × 56.8 cm)
Overall with mounting: 51 1/8 × 27 3/4 in. (129.9 × 70.5 cm)
Overall with knobs: 51 1/8 × 29 3/4 in. (129.9 × 75.6 cm)
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
Not on view
This painted fan, formerly used but saved with loving care and remounted as a hanging scroll, depicts blue and white Chinese bellflowers, Japan's favorite autumnal blooms. Combined with pampas grass, Chinese bellflowers succinctly express the moment when late summer passes into autumn. Although the painting bears a seal reading "Hokkyō Kōrin" ("Kōrin, holding the rank of Hokkyō"), it lacks the spontaneity of the great genius of the Rinpa style and thus may be assigned to one of Kōrin's numerous followers.
Signature: Seal: Hokkyo Korin
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