Tenryu Dojin (1718-1810) - Hawk and pomegranate
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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1800: Item # 1176563
76-16 Tenno-cho, Okazaki, Sakkyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8335
|Nagasaki school hawk on a pomegranate tree. Second half of the 18th century. Ink, color and gofun on silk. Good condition. Silk has darkened, light marks. The image measures 13'' by 35'' (34 by 88 cm). The scroll measures 18'' by 60'' (46 by 153 cm). The signature reads Okin Koyu (the top seal O Koyu). This is the original name of Tenryu Dojin (1718-1810). Nagasaki painter, born in Nagasaki. Spent the first half of his life trying to revive the Imperial regime; failed, and retired to Lake Suwa in Nagano. Here he became a priest, painter, poet and engraver of seals. He specialized in the painting of vines, even writing an essay on the subject. See Roberts pp.176. According to our Japanese research he was also very good at painting hawks although extant paintings are rare. He took the name Tenryu at the age of 74 when he moved to the Tenryu villa near lake Suwa. Prior to this he was known as Koyu. He essentially took up painting from the age of 54.|