Yang Chujun (1936~)
Size: Length 60" Width 47.5"
Yang Chujun is one of the few artists who utilize the traditional elements of Chinese landscape paintings and add modern techniques and elements. His works received wide praise outside of China and has been influential in the art world in Shanghai.
Tanomura Chokunyu (1814-1907)
Size: Height 70.2" Width 16.4"
The work dates to around 1862-1868
Baisao is sitting with his tea utensils and preparing cups of tea for those to enjoy the aroma and flavor that green tea is known for.
Chokunyu painted this work when a memorial for the founder of sencha-do, Baisao was erected in 1862...
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Mano Gyotei (1874-1934)
Size: 75" wide and 73" tall
The fierce, humanistic, and zen-like qualities can be seen in these paintings of different arhats. Each arhat representing their understanding of enlightenment engages the viewer in a silent conversation with each arhat. Usually a set of 18 arhats are painted but here we have 6 panels of depicting 8 of the 18 arhats...
Size: General: Length 1.4" Width 0.5" Height 0.9"
Carvings and images of sheep are not only associated with the zodiac but also with the connection with the Western regions of the continent. Sheep was also a livestock and important animal in the Chinese economy for centuries. The pair are carved from amethyst.
Akamatsu Unrei (1892-1958)
Painted in 1915
Size: Length 78" Width 28"
Akamatsu Unrei is known for his traditional literati landscape paintings and other Nihonga subject matter. Not the eccentric subjects. The painting dates to the winter of 1915 around the time when Unrei was undergoing his training as a painter...
Age: Late Showa Period Size: Diameter 3.9" Height 3.5"
Size: Diameter 14" Height 9"
Often the motif of a bamboo fence with flora originate with the noted Song Dynasty poet, Tao Yuanming. His version was the fence with chrysanthemums. In Japan, this motif expanded with other flowers and plants with various literary allusions...
Late Showa Period (1960-1970)
Size: Height 44.5" Width 17"
The original painting made by Empress Kojun in the 1960s was made to support the Japanese Red Cross and for a fundraiser at the time. Later, the image became popular and subsequent copies and renditions were made. This one example interprets the painting in the artist's eye and evoke the sense of cuteness in the rabbits shown along with themes of Rinpa.
Size: Length 180"-190" Width 13.5"
Originally Shunga paintings were meant as teaching tools to the children of the ruling warrior and nobility class in continuing the blood lineage of the family. As Japan stabilized its society during the Edo period shunga took off onto a new genre of art. The expressions and creativity of the artist. Also recently the British Museum held an exhibition exploring this genre.
Taisho Period (1912-1926)
Size: Length 30.75" Height 52.8"
Necessary Conservation work has been done on the scroll recently.
Images of seafood would evoke the Roman mosaics that survive in Pompeii but the Japanese too enjoyed art depicting the bounties of the land and sea. Lobsters were a symbol of abundance and wealth which were also used as decorations during the New Year...
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Tani Buncho (1763-1841)
Size: Approx. Length 81"-83" Width 28"
Tani Buncho was known to have painted very rough and simple landscapes often blending the Sesshu style broken ink landscapes and the themes of Chinese literati landscapes. Scholastic research has taken note that Buncho often did these styles of landscapes during the height of his career during the early part of the 19th century.
Size: Approx. Length 52" Width 28"
Motifs of Rabbits are popular in Japanese art where rabbits not only are related with the zodiac but also are an auspicious symbol of abundance and "jumping" onto the next level. The scroll is a fan painting of two rabbit dolls set on a bamboo base...
Kano Eibou (?) (Edo Period 19th century)
Size: Length 43" Width 17"
Portraits or images of scholar literati begin in the Song dynasty. The famous portrait of a Shitaifu along with a painting of a portrait of his bust is one of the famous works found in the Palace Museum Collection. Since this painting, subsequent renditions and other works honoring noted literati poets such as Tao Yuanming and Su Dongpo were painted...
Taigado Kason (Active in the Taisho to early Showa Period)
Size: Length 16" Height 10.5"
Literati or Nanga paintings became popular as Japan modernized in the late 19th century...
Ming Period or Later
Size: Length 1" Width 1" Height 0.25"
Chinese hard stone carvings have been used in different ways in Chinese culture. From tomb burials to personal accessories, these hard stone carvings reflect the religious and social aspects throughout the dynasties.
Length 55" Height 25.25"
Angkor Wat has been considered as the wonders of Asia in its art and architecture. The temple was built to represent the Hindu cosmos and different panels were created depicting the stories in Hinduism.
Qing Period or Later
Size: Length 10.5" Width 0.25"
Hair accessories have been an important element in the history of Chinese hair fashion. Often paintings depicting women using different hair pins and combs to decorate their hair. Men during the Ming dynasty also used hair pins, though not as elaborate as the women, different materials and designs are seen.
Size: Length 82.5" Width 20.25"
Comes with tomobako. From a San Francisco Estate of a noted individual who helped transmit zen to the West.
Odake Kokkan was educated in the time when Japan was evolving its painting tradition...