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

The scene depicted with this scroll features a man holding what may be a large piece of fruit while walking beside a large animal, possibly a deer or cow.  The man in the painting may be wearing Chinese style clothing.  Finding elements of Chinese culture in Japanese art is not surprising as the Japanese have for centuries admired the culture and art of China and did often incorporate elements of Chinese culture into their art.  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, stains and discoloration.  The scroll and rollers may need some repair and cleaning before the piece is ready for display.

Approximate Size:
Height of entire scroll: 66.3 inches (170 centimeters)
Width (excluding rolling pin): 25.0 inches (64 centimeters)
Weight: 10.0 ounces (273 grams)

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item code: R4S6-0003450
category code: nihonga calligraphyart
ship code: B or other appropriate



  1. that’s lovely

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