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Titmouse with Pomegranate Flowers

Kano Yukinobu (Japanese, ca. 1513–1575)

Period:
Muromachi period (1392–1573)
Date:
mid-16th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
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)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, in honor of Douglas Dillon, 2001
Accession Number:
2001.385
  • Description

    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.

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