18 3/8 x 15 3/4 in. (46.7 x 40 cm)
Overall with mounting: 52 5/8 x 20 3/8 in. (133.7 x 51.8 cm)
Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, in honor of Douglas Dillon, 2001
Not on view
A great titmouse is about to alight on a branch of pomegranate in bloom. The use of bright green and orange-red pigments was characteristic of Kano artists inspired by Chinese-style bird-and-flower paintings of the Ming dynasty. The painting was part of a set, perhaps once mounted on a small screen. Seals reading “Mō -in,” associated with the artist Kano Yukinobu, are impressed at the left.
The work is mounted in a fashion typical for Ming bird-and-flower paintings, with an ornate textile border above and below the painting. A more subtle figured silk, also in Ming style, forms the main part of the mounting.
Marking: Impressed at lower left are two seals read "Mōin" identified with the painter Kano Yukinobu.
Artist: Attributed to Kano Yukinobu (Japanese, ca. 1513–1575)Date: 16th centuryMedium: Originally a fan mounted as a hanging scroll; ink, color, and silver on gilded paperAccession: 1997.140On view in:Not on view