Posted by: softypapa | September 17, 2007

Antique Japanese Shikishi Art – Mt Fuji Sumi-e Nihonga

Vintage Japanese ink and wash painting. This form of painting is also sometimes called simply “wash” painting and in Japanese is called sumi-e or suibokuga painting. Using only brush-applied black ink on paper this type of painting was introduced into Japan in the 14th century by Zen Buddhist monks visiting from China. This type of art is especially well suited to Japanese tastes which tend toward subtle depictions of life and nature often accented with poetry written in beautiful calligraphy.

About the Listed Item
This Japanese painting (nihonga) dates from the early to mid Japanese Showa period (1926-1989) and features the image of Mt Fuji (Fuji-san) and includes stylized Japanese calligraphy. The painting was done on a rectangular sheet of stiff Japanese shikishi paper. This nihonga painting is in poor condition with some marks, stains, fraying, creases and damage at the corners and is a wonderful candidate for framing and display. The painting also has some pencil writing across the surface which may have been applied by a child.

Height: 10.5 inches (27.0 centimeters)
Width: 9.4 inches (24.0 centimeters)

item code: R3S1B1-0003319
category code: nihonga
ship code: shikishihako



  1. Very nice website. I found it while I am trying to research an antique Japanese painting thats pre world war two. Would you have any advice on how to find out more information on my painting?

  2. Hello Megan, Thank you for visiting our blog. If your painting has any Japanese writing on it then we will be happy to have a look and let you know what we learn. Please feel free to send a photo to if you wish us to have a look. Please be aware though that highly stylized writing on older pieces can be very difficult to read and if this is the case with you art then we may not be able to tell you much. We are happy to try though. Sincerely, -Kurt

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