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Antique Japanese Painting Landscape by Shubun

Antique Japanese Painting Landscape by Shubun


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Inkwash Landscape. Painted with ink on paper. Sealed, which reads Shubun. The inscription on the decorative maki-e lacquered box also reads Shubun hitsu, meaning it is painted by Shubun. There is also an aged inscribed statement authenticating it is painted by Shubun. It is attributed to a Zen Buddhist monk in 15th Century, Shūbun.

Shūbun was a Japanese Zen Buddhist monk and painter of the Muromachi period (approximately 1336 to 1573). Shūbun is considered to be the founder of the Chinese style of suiboku ink painting in Japan. He was influenced by Chinese landscape painters Xia Gui and Ma Yuan.Shūbun's most well-known painting, designated as a National Treasure in Japan, is Reading in a Bamboo Grove, now kept in the Tokyo National Museum. The same museum houses a few other works attributed to Shūbun, among them a pair of folding screens (byōbu) titled Landscape of Four Seasons (Shiki sansui zu byōbu). Two more pairs of folding screens depicting landscapes of the four seasons are held by the Seikadō Bunko Art Museum. As with many Japanese and Chinese artists of this and earlier periods, many works survive that are attributed to Shūbun, but only for a few is this attribution secure. Contemporary accounts describe Shūbun as a very versatile artist, yet the only extant works with the authorship issue resolved are landscapes. (Ref Wikipedia)

It is in reasonable condition due to its great age with some marks, crease, loss of ink, and foxing are present on the painting itself. Some marks, crease, and damage on the “futai”(little tassel hanging from the top) and some damages are present on the mounting. It is accompanied by a double paulownia wood storage box, of which the one o of them is decorated with dragon appearing from the tornado. The double paulownia wood box is also somewhat damaged but not severe.

Painting: W11 1/4” x L35 5/8” (W28.5cm x L90.5cm)
Scroll: W14 5/8” x L68 1/8” (W37cm x L173cm)