Height: 1098.000 mm
Width: 415.000 mm
Gift of the Trustees of the late James Martin White
Asia JA JP ADD339 (1950.11-11.019)
Shibata Zeshin, Eagle in the Snow, a hanging scroll painting
Late Edo period - early Meiji era, 2nd half of the 19th century AD
The eagle had succeeded in catching what looks like a fox, but perhaps because the prey was too big, perhaps because it struggled too much, the animal managed to escape. The bird has twisted around on itself to watch as the fox plummets into the icy water. A couple of feathers, dislodged in the struggle, float slowly down. Snow piled on the branches of the pine-tree has been shaken off by the disturbance and falls down like a waterfall, adding to the strong sense of movement pervading the picture.
depicts a scene from nature during the winter season when all
animals find it hard to survive. Zeshin (1807-91) lived and worked
during the period of the
The signature is all but hidden within the black ink of the cliff; it reads 'Zeshin'. The seal beneath reads 'Tairyūkyo'.
I. Hirayama and T. Kobayashi (eds.), Hizō Nihon bijutsu taikan-2, vol. 3 (Tokyo, Kodansha, 1993)