Rising Sun

Shibata Zeshin Japanese

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In the Japanese landscape painting tradition, a bright red orb represents the rising sun, especially of the New Year. A scroll such as this would have been suitable for a display alcove (tokonoma) in the spring season. Zeshin is known to have created several compositions on this theme.

Rising Sun, Shibata Zeshin (Japanese, 1807–1891), Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk, Japan

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