Posted by: softypapa | November 19, 2007

Japanese Mt. Fuji Shikishi Art Sumi-e Suibokuga Nihonga



Vintage Japanese ink and wash painting depicting the profile of Mt. Fuji with a small Japanese home in the foreground.  A solitary man can also be seen walking near a lake or river.  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 fair condition with creases and wrinkles and some 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: R4S5B2-0003369
category code: nihonga
ship code: shikishihako


  1. I have a total of 8 ink wash prints. All various sizes. Each is a scene with a misty mountain in the background and a lake with an old sail.
    Some also have small huts. These are on some kind of silk material and have the same stamp on the back of each that reads:

    Palace Hotel Arcade
    TELL: (211)6346

    Different stamp says: MADE IN JAPAN

    I would love to know if you have any information on this.

  2. Hello Donna,

    Your prints sound very nice. I suspect that these may have been produced with an eye towards export to the United States as the words “Made in Japan” were commonly included on items bound for the US market. This was due to a US law passed in 1891 which required such marks on import goods. After 1921 the USA determined that “Japan” should be used instead of “Nippon” so your prints were likely produced after this date. However, the use of this stamp did persist until well after the war and therefore the date range can be quite large. The short telephone number is another indication that the prints may be rather old. I’m sorry that I cannot provide any additional information. Thanks for sharing about your prints.


    Kurt Bell

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