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Painting, pair of hanging scrolls. Birds and flowers: (right) long-tailed bird perching on white plum; (left) pigeon on willow tree in snow, with winter camellia. Ink and colours on silk. Signed and sealed.
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Height: 81.90 centimetres
Width: 30.60 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Hizo Nihon bijutsu taikan Vol 3
Kano Munenobu (dates unknown) is said to have been the son of Kano Shosetsu, and most of the works so far discovered are done in a rather old-fashioned style. The present work consists of two hanging scrolls, the picture on the right showing a white plum with a long-tailed bird perched on it, that on the left a willow in the snow and a winter camellia with a pigeon. The surprising thing that immediately strikes one about this work is that it does not, in fact, represent an old-fashioned harking back to the Muromachi period but is in a full-blown Edo-period Kano style recalling that of Tanyu. It shows that Munenobu also studied the Edo Kano style, and - assuming that the signature and unusual seal on this work can be attributed to Munenobu himself - the work has a considerable significance in any consideration of his development.
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- Acquisition notes
- The collection of over 2,000 Japanese and Chinese paintings assembled by Prof. William Anderson during his residency in Japan, 1873-1880, was acquired by the Museum in 1881. The items were not listed in the register, but rather were published separately as the 'Descriptive and Historical Catalogue of a Collection of Japanese and Chinese Paintings in the British Museum' (Longmans & Co, 1886).
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- Additional IDs
Asia painting number: Jap.Ptg.792 (Japanese Painting Number)
Asia painting number: Jap.Ptg.793 (Japanese Painting Number)