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Painting, hanging scroll. Cockatoo and blackbird on flowering bough. Ink and colour on silk. Signed, dated and sealed. With inscribed paulownia storage box.
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Height: 207 centimetres (mount)
Height: 111.90 centimetres
Width: 66 centimetres (mount)
Width: 43.10 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Hizo Nihon bijutsu taikan Vol 3
The artist, Masuyama Sessai (1754-1819), was also head of the Nagashima domain in Ise (Mie Prefecture). Parrots, which are indigenous to Australia and South America, seem to have been imported into Japan from a surprisingly early period, and it is not at all unlikely that the white parrots that figure in this picture were based on actual observation by Sessai. His earlier works include an album of insect pictures based on painstaking observation from life, and the same empirical eye is surely apparent here too; it was this innate preference for realism, in fact, that drew Sessai, as here, toward the Nanpin style.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2008 Jun-Sep 5, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from Prehistory to the Present'
2011 Oct – 2012 Feb, BM Japanese Galleries, ‘Japan from Prehistory to the Present’
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- Additional IDs
Asia painting number: Jap.Ptg.Add.607 (Japanese Painting Additional Number)