2-32 Saishoji-cho, Okazaki, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8342 , Japan Call Seller 81757515070


Japanese Screen Pair. 17th Century Cranes on Gold Leaf.

$ 85,000
  • Description

    Anonymous, Kano School.

    Pair of six-panel Japanese screens. Ink, pigment, gofun and gold leaf on paper.

    This bold and innovative composition presents a grouping of red-crowned and white-naped cranes extending across a pair of six-panel Japanese screens. The 15 cranes in this work, grouped in rhythmic arrangements, are standing along a body of water, which is only partially revealed through golden clouds. Rock formations at either end of the monumental work shelter flowering peonies and camellias, representing the seasons of summer and winter. The bold, clear and elegant forms of the cranes, tinged with humor, are set off to full effect against the large unpainted areas of the gold-leaf screens. Read from right to left there is a sense of narrative as the intermingling forms of the cranes, each one an individual and full of life, lead us through the seasons. It is the work of an anonymous painter, presumably of the Kano school, from the second half of the 17th century.

    This dramatic work, spanning over 24 feet, is really an emblem of good fortune rather than a depiction of the natural world. From ancient times, cranes in Japan were said to live for a thousand years, serving as potent symbols of youthfulness and long life in both literature and art. The red-crowned crane, in particular, is an auspicious symbol of the New Year, of peace, harmony, prosperity, and fidelity.
  • More Information
    Origin: Japan
    Period: Pre 18th Century
    Materials: ink, color, gofun and gold leaf on paper.
    Condition: Good.
    Creation Date: Second half of the 17th Century
    Styles / Movements: Old Master, Asian Art
    Incollect Reference #: 722092
  • Dimensions
    W. 148 in; H. 67 in;
    W. 375.92 cm; H. 170.18 cm;
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