Posted by: softypapa | October 17, 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

This beautiful art piece hints at the larger sight of a waterfall tumbling over the lip of a tall precipice.  The painting uses a minimum of brush strokes to capture just the essential elements of this lively and active event, including a single dark stoke beginning at the lip of the falls and trailing over the edge.  Lighter, more dilute strokes fill in elements of the background giving much room for the mind to complete the larger picture.  Hints of foliage are provided beyond the falls and one can almost hear the cascading water and perhaps the music of birdsong while seated at the edge of this inspired scene.  A few characters of calligraphy are seen at the lower left along with the red ink stamp of the artist.  This scroll dates from the mid Japanese Showa period (1926-1989) or before and is today in poor condition with many wrinkles as well as tears, holes and discoloration.  The paper where the art was painted is also separated in places from the paper backing though a light application of glue may suffice to fix this.  The scroll and rollers may need some additional repair and cleaning before the piece is ready for extended display as the scroll roller is missing its decorative end caps.

Approximate Size:
Height of entire scroll: 75.3 inches (193 centimeters)
Width (excluding rolling pin): 16.0 inches (41 centimeters)
Weight: 10.0 ounces (285 grams)

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item code: R4S6-0003449
category code: nihonga calligraphyart
ship code: B or other appropriate


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