Three Crows in Flight
Edo period (1615–1868)
Hanging scroll; ink on silk
Image: 28 7/8 × 6 3/4 in. (73.3 × 17.1 cm)
Purchase, Gifts, Bequests, and Funds from various donors, by exchange, 1951
Not on view
A simple yet alluring composition by Zeshin captures a trio of crows in flight, with a sense of perspective conveyed by varying the tones of ink. The artist often took up the subject of crows, as seen also in the two-panel gold-leaf screen with three crows and two egrets. This painting is signed “Zeshin,” and has an oval seal reading “Tairyūkyo” (living facing the willows).