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painting / hanging scroll

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1881,1210,0.2709

  • Description

    Painting, hanging scroll. Eagle alighted on rock beneath pine tree, eyeing monkey hiding in cleft in rock below. Ink and colours on paper. Signed, dated and sealed.

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1838 (3rd month)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 170.1 centimetres
    • Width: 137.1 centimetres
    • Height: 206 centimetres (mount)
    • Width: 155 centimetres (mount)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        signature and date
      • Inscription Position

        image, top left
      • Inscription Language

        Japanese
      • Inscription Content

        天保九年歳在戊 / 戌春三月寫 / 筑前介岸岱
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Tenpo kyunen saizai tsuchinoe / inu haru sangatsu utsusu / Chikuzen-no-suke Gan Tai
      • Inscription Translation

        Painted in the third month, 1838, Chikuzen-no-suke Gan Tai
      • Inscription Type

        seal
      • Inscription Script

        Japanese
      • Inscription Position

        image, top left
      • Inscription Content

        同功館
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Dokokan
      • Inscription Comment

        In red.
      • Inscription Type

        seal
      • Inscription Position

        image, bottom right
      • Inscription Language

        Japanese
      • Inscription Content

        弌日不作 / 一日不食
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Ichinichi fusaku / ichinichi fushoku
      • Inscription Translation

        One day without painting means one day without food.
      • Inscription Comment

        In red.
      • Inscription Type

        seal
      • Inscription Script

        Japanese
      • Inscription Position

        image, top left
      • Inscription Content

        岸 / 岱
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Gan / Tai
      • Inscription Comment

        In red.
  • Curator's comments

    Hizo Nihon bijutsu taikan Vol 3

    An eagle has just alighted on a rock to which clings a pine tree, and is preparing to attack a monkey hiding in the shadows. The bird of prey looms large in the centre of the picture, done chiefly in ink with a few touches of color at important points; its size and fierceness are emphasized by the physical size of the picture and are pointed up still further by the contrast with the small, shrinking form of the monkey. The strong, insistent manner is no doubt a result of the training Gantai received from his father, Ganku; the treatment of the bark of the pine tree and the folds in the rock also resemble Ganku's. However, whereas Ganku's aggressive abandon ended by seeming vulgar, Gantai lacks the fierce drive and earthiness of his father, his treatment of flowers, birds, and beasts showing a rather greater attention to fine detail. Pictures of birds of prey such as this were popular at the time and are often found on single-leafed screens ('tsuitate').'dated Tempō 9th year ie 1843)' (unattributed annotation in the specially interleaved Japanese Study Room copy of Anderson 1886)

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  • Bibliography

    • Hizo Nihon bijutsu taikan Vol 3 67 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1881

  • 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).

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1881,1210,0.2709

  • Additional IDs

    • Jap.Ptg.2523 (Japanese Painting Number)
COMPASS Title: Gan Tai, Eagle and a Monkey, a hanging scroll

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COMPASS Title: Gan Tai, Eagle and a Monkey, a hanging scroll

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