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A late winter scene picturing a majestic white hawk alighting on a plum branch in full bloom. Hawksâ€”which were used for hunting during the Momoyama and Edo periods (takagari)â€”are considered symbols of nobility, strength, and are thought to embody the samurai spirit. This piece is signed Kano Tanshin, though it is unclear exactly which Tanshin as there were several Kano painters who went by this name during this period.
Color on silk, this scroll is 71.5 inches tall (182 cm) and 22 inches wide (56.5 cm). The artwork on the scroll is 43 inches tall (110 cm) and 18 inches wide (45 cm). In very good condition, it comes with its original tomobako which bears an inscription on the inside of the box indicating the painting was completed in the 2nd month of the 4th year of Tenpo (1834) and that it was painted on an auspicious occasion (kisshou-bi). The original silk brocade is still very attractive with some signs of age and wear, specifically near the top where the silk is worn through in spots from contact with the dowel and drawstrings. The artwork itself is in excellent condition and has aged exceptionally well over the 180 years since its composition.