Daoist Sage and Hawk

Soga Nichokuan Japanese

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On the right panel of this screen an elderly man sits in the shade of a grove of trees, a walking stick in one hand. His bald head, scrawny limbs, and bare feet are delineated with smooth brush lines in light ink, while dark spots mark his eyes and the corners of his downturned mouth. The painting was cut down from a larger work, which may have held clues to the identity of the seated figure. The companion piece, on the left panel, depicts a hawk perched on the branch of an oak tree. Soga Nichokuan, well known as a painter of hawks, most likely worked in the vicinity of the port city of Sakai, south of Osaka.

Daoist Sage and Hawk, Soga Nichokuan (Japanese, active mid-17th century), Pair of fan-shaped paintings mounted on two-panel folding screen; ink on paper, Japan

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