Posted by: softypapa | November 19, 2007

Japan Shikishi Art – Hawk Pine Sumi-e Suibokuga Nihonga


Vintage Japanese ink and wash painting depicting a hawk or eagle resting on the limb of a pine tree.  Calligraphy (possibly a poem) decorates much of the surface of this piece.  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 composition of this piece is exceptional and the brushwork and shading masterfully applied and executed.  The painting is less than 40 years old and is in poor to poor to fair condition with creases, wrinkles. fraying, stains and discoloration from age.  A wonderful candidate for framing and display.

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

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item code: R4S5B2-0003373
category code: nihonga
ship code: shikishihako


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