Pair of six-panel folding screens; ink, color, gold, and gold leaf on paper
Image: 63 1/4 x 142 in. (160.7 x 360.7 cm)
Overall: 69 3/8 x 148 1/2 in. (176.2 x 377.2 cm)
Purchase, Mrs. Jackson Burke and Mary Livingston Griggs and Mary Griggs Burke Foundation Gifts, 1987
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 225
This composition of flowers in a seasonal progression from spring to winter celebrates longevity with its auspicious motif of cranes. The brilliant colors, strong outlines in black ink, and profusion of pictorial elements are typical of the decorative formula established by Kano Motonobu (1476–1559), founder of the Kano school. The boldness, however, is more reminiscent of Motonobu’s grandson, the prolific Kano Eitoku (1543–1590), and the treatment of branches is closer to Eitoku’s style than to that of Motonobu’s other successors. The exaggerated dimensions of the pine and cedar trees, the attempt to create space for the projecting branches in the crowded composition, and the depiction of brushwood hedges in high relief suggest that the work dates to the late sixteenth century.
[ Yamanaka & Co. , at least 1939] ; [ Heisando Co., Ltd. , Tokyo; by 1986–1987; sold to MMA]
Artist: Circle of Kano Mitsunobu (Japanese, ca. 1561–1608)Date: late 16th centuryMedium: Pair of six-panel folding screens; ink, color, and gold leaf on paperAccession: 2015.300.70.1, .2On view in:Gallery 226