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狩野之信筆 四十雀柘榴花図
Titmouse with Pomegranate Flowers

Artist:
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
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 225
A titmouse prepares to alight on a pomegranate branch. The use of bright green and orange-red pigments is characteristic of Kano artists inspired by bird-and-flower paintings of China’s Ming dynasty (1368–1644). Even the mounting imitates that of Ming bird-and-flower paintings, with ornate textile borders above and below. This work by Kano Yukinobu was part of a set, perhaps once mounted on a small screen.
Marking: Impressed at lower left are two seals read "Mōin" identified with the painter Kano Yukinobu.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Graceful Gestures: A Decade of Collecting Japanese Art," September 29, 2001–March 10, 2002.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Graceful Gestures: Two Decades of Collecting Japanese Art," 2007.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Drama of Eyes and Hands: Sharaku's Portraits of Kabuki Actors," September 20, 2007–March 24, 2008.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Birds in the Art of Japan," February 2, 2013–July 28, 2013.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Japanese Bamboo Art: The Abbey Collection," June 13, 2017–February 4, 2018.

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