Posted by: softypapa | October 16, 2007

Antique Japanese Scroll – Sumi-e Calligraphy Suibokuga



Vintage Japanese ink and wash scroll painting with calligraphy.  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

The subject of this scroll is a solitary Japanese hut set against the side of a mountain with tall trees nearby and the silhouette of clouds in the background.  A man can be seen seated within the hut and holding a fan. A potted plant, possibly a bonsai miniature tree rests on a table by the window.  This scroll dates from the mid Japanese Showa period (1926-1989) or before and is today in poor to fair condition with many wrinkles as well as some tears, holes and discoloration.

Approximate Size:
Height of entire scroll: 76.4 inches (196 centimeters)
Width (excluding rolling pin): 16.2 inches (41.5 centimeters)
Weight: 7.7 ounces (221 grams)

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item code: R4S6-0003448
category code: nihonga calligraphyart
ship code: B or other appropriate


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