- Museum number
Painting, hanging scroll. Dragon in clouds. Ink on paper. Signed and sealed.
- Production date
Height: 119.90 centimetres
Width: 177.30 centimetres
- Curator's comments
See Basil Gray, 'Dragon-Painting by Tani Buncho' in British Museum Quarterly IX (1934), pp. 2-3.
In ancient Chinese belief dragons are associated with clouds and water and are thought to control the rain. They are seen as ever-changing manifestations of the 'yang' (active) principle. Clouds are also seen as an embodiment of 'qi', the vital force of the cosmos. Dragons have been frequently portrayed by ink-painters in both China and Japan, famously by the 13th-century Chinese painter Chen Rong.
Tani Buncho was a highly eclectic and influential painter working in Edo in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, who mastered a wide variety of historical painting styles from China and Japan. The large size of the present painting suggets it was intended to be hung in a temple. (Label copy, TTC 2000)
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2000 24 Mar-24 Sep, London, BM, Japanese Galleries, 'Japan Time'
2006 18 Mar-4 Jun, Beijing, Capital Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
2007 3 Feb-27 May, Taipei, National Palace Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
2007 14 Sep-2 Dec, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Treasures of the World's Cultures
- Remounted 1999.
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- Additional IDs
Asia painting number: Jap.Ptg.Add.90 (Japanese Painting Additional Number)