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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1800: Item # 1206209

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Soga School Landscape Sealed Jasoku
The first impression one has is that the landscape appears like those done by Soga Shohaku, the noted Edo period artist who was known for his eccentric motifs and styles in paintings. Shohaku's landscapes often appear as if lingbi stones are set in the landscape and scholar recluses created huts, pavilions, and stairs around such mountains.

Interestingly, the work comes with a kiwamefuda, or a slip of paper, often found with scrolls of noteworthy. These slips were often written by noted families of authenticators, such as the Kohitsu and Okura families, where their opinions and attributions were highly regarded.

One problem has been that many of the slips have been forged to make works appealing and there are scholars who specialize in differentiating the various slips of paper or letters attached. This slip contains a seal of the noted authenticator, Okura Kosai (?-1863) who served the Kii Tokugawa clan and was known for cataloguing collections of the nobility in Kyoto. The fuda contains the date of the winter of 1826. The other side of the slip contains Okura Kyusui's seal who was active during the Bunka-Bunsei era (1810-1826).

A note of interest is the writing of the two sides, one sides states that the landscape is brushed by Dasoku (or Jasoku) with an unknown seal. The other simply states that the work is just a horizontal scroll done on paper.

The landscape is mounted with a fabric connoisseurs preferred, known as inkin. Inkin originated in China during the Yuan dynasty where gold paint is printed on fabric. Collectors coveted the 13-14th century inkin fabrics and would use it in their prized collection. By the Edo period, the Japanese were producing inkin fabrics to meet the demands of scroll mounters and collectors who wanted to display their collections in style.

Age: Edo Period

Size: Height 44.1:Width 18.9



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