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清原雪信筆 緋連雀桜竹図
Waxwings, Cherry Blossoms, and Bamboo

Artist:
Kiyohara Yukinobu (Japanese, 1643–1682)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
late 17th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk
Dimensions:
Image: 39 1/8 x 16 3/8 in. (99.4 x 41.6 cm)
Overall with knobs: 23 1/2 in. (59.7 cm)
Overall with mounting: 71 7/8 x 21 9/16 in. (182.5 x 54.7 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Fishbein-Bender Collection, Gift of T. Richard Fishbein and Estelle P. Bender, 2012
Accession Number:
2012.522.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 226
Kiyohara Yukinobu was known in the early Edo period as a “woman highly accomplished in the arts,” or keishū. Her husband was a pupil of Kano Tan’yū, one of the most prominent painters of the age, and she herself, as Tan’yū’s grandniece, may have studied with him. Here, she depicts three waxwings (Japanese: hirenjaku) in various poses: one rests serenely on the branch of an aged cherry tree in full bloom, indicating a late spring setting; one is captured in flight; and the third perches on a rock, espying insect prey in a stream. Since waxwings, after mating, rub their heads together in a way that suggests a display of mutual affection, they came to be a symbol of marital harmony and familial prosperity, which is one possible interpretation of the painting.
Signature: Signed lower right: Kiyohara shi jo Yukinobu hitsu
Single seal in relief at the lower right following signature: Kiyohara jo (or me?)

清原氏女雪信筆
清原女
T. Richard Fishbein and Estelle P. Bender , New York (until 2012; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Birds in the Art of Japan," February 2, 2013–July 28, 2013.

Philadelphia Museum of Art. "Ink and Gold: Art of the Kano," February 12, 2015–May 10, 2015.

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