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Cherry, Plum and Willow Trees

Artist:
Unidentified Artist Japanese, 17th century
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
early 17th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Single six-panel folding screen; ink, color, and gold on gilded paper
Dimensions:
Image: 60 3/8 x 137 9/16 in. (153.4 x 349.4 cm)
Classification:
Screens
Credit Line:
Mary Griggs Burke Collection, Gift of the Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation, 2003
Accession Number:
2003.334
Not on view
Originally part of a pair, this screen depicts flowering trees of spring—three large cherry trees near the center and a slender branch laden with plum blossoms that belongs to the tree originally depicted on the lost, left screen. A sinuous willow tree stands in the middle of the composition, with its cascading young leaves in pale green. Large cherry and plum blossoms are raised in low relief using gofun. A cluster of small dandelions fills the corner space at the lower left.
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