Image: 60 1/4 × 34 3/4 in. (153 × 88.2 cm)
Overall with mounting: 79 15/16 × 41 3/4 in. (203 × 106 cm)
Overall with knobs: 79 15/16 × 46 3/4 in. (203 × 118.8 cm)
Charles Stewart Smith Collection, Gift of Mrs. Charles Stewart Smith, Charles Stewart Smith Jr., and Howard Caswell Smith, in memory of Charles Stewart Smith, 1914
Not on view
This pair of peacocks with peonies represents wealth and worldly power. The heroic posture of the peacock suggests it may have been an official commission from an influential samurai patron. Bunchō learned various Chinese painting styles when in the service of Matsudaira Sadanobu (1758–1829). Bunchō borrowed the pictorial vocabulary of birds and flowers from such painters as Sō Shiseki (1712–1786), who had studied the Chinese treatment of these subjects in Nagasaki.
Inscription: Bunsei kōshin shoka Bunchō (painted by Bunchō in the early summer of the third year of Bunsei)
Charles Stewart Smith , New York (until d. 1909; by descent to his heirs). ; Mrs. Charles Stewart Smith , Charles Stewart Smith Jr., and Howard Caswell Smith, New York (until 1914; donated to MMA).
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Paintings of the Nanga School," January 27, 1990–May 13, 1990.
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. "Animals, Birds, Insects, and Marine Life in Japanese Art," June 26, 2008–November 30, 2008.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Sensitivity to the Seasons: Summer and Autumn in Japanese Art," June 24, 2011–October 23, 2011.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Birds in the Art of Japan," February 2, 2013–July 28, 2013.
Artist: Tani Bunchō (Japanese, 1763–1840)Date: early 19th century, before 1829Medium: Woodblock printed book (orihon, accordion-style; bound); ink, color, and metallic pigments on paperAccession: 2013.651On view in:Not on view