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三羽黒鳥図
Three Crows in Flight

Artist:
Shibata Zeshin (Japanese, 1807–1891)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
19th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Hanging scroll; ink on silk
Dimensions:
Image: 28 7/8 × 6 3/4 in. (73.3 × 17.1 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Purchase, Gifts, Bequests, and Funds from various donors, by exchange, 1951
Accession Number:
51.137.3
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).
Signature: Signed; artist's seal "Tairukyo" in red
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Birds in the Art of Japan," February 2, 2013–July 28, 2013.

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