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This four panel folding screen depicts eight crows flying through a rain shower. The birds themselves are naturalistcally depicted, while the rain is suggested through Yosa Buson's use of diagonal strokes of various shades of lighter ink washes. Buson makes use of the three-dimensionality of the screen's folds in his placement of the crows, creating a sense of depth and movement to his subject. 
Yosa Buson (Japanese (culture or style))
Crows Flying Through Rain
18th century
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
These panels represent six of the twelve months. The panels each have calligraphy and a red seal in one corner. In each panel there is a bird and a type of plant, which are suggestive of particular months. On the top left panel there is bamboo, the bow of the boat with a small lamp attached to it, and a type of water fowl. In the bottom middle panel is a blooming sakura tree and a pheasant. In the bottom left panel is blue and white wisteria ans small sparrows. In the bottom right panel there is a willow slowly coming back to life after winter over a thatched building.
One of a pair of six-fold screens
19th century
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
This painting shows a landscape with white trees in the background, and men in the foreground; some of the men hold tools in their hand. The men are amongst tree logs. A large pot cooks over a campfire and is labeled in red paint "HOBO STEW". There are four black birds flying in the sky, and a gray donkey stands next to one of the men. The painting is titled in red paint (l.l.) "HOBO JUNGLE" and signed in black paint (l.r.) "UNCLE JACK".
Uncle Jack Dey (American (North American))
Hobo Jungle
1955 – 1978
Gift of The Daniel and Harriet Fusfeld Folk Art Collection
In this print, a boy sits on a crate.  His robe is green with elaborate patterns.  His blue pants are torn and show the green of the robe underneath.  He holds a blue scroll up over his head.  A black bird flies above him.<br />
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Inscriptions: Artist’s signature: Kunisada ga: Publisher’s seal: Tōriaburachō, Tsuruki han; censor’s seal: kiwame; Ji Sutewakamaru, Nakamura Shikan
Utagawa Kunisada (Japanese (culture or style))
Nakamura Shikan [III] as the child ... maru holding a handscroll (right half of diptych; pair with 2003/1.436.1)
1836 – 1844
Gift of Dr. James Hayes
In this print, a young woman cowers on the ground.  She wears an elaborately detailed robe with landscape images and a black sash.  Four black birds fly above her.<br />
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Inscriptions: Artist’s signature: Kunisada ga; Publisher’s seal: Tōriaburachō, Tsuruki han; Censor’s seal: kiwame; Chaya musume Oritsu, Iwai Kumesaburō<br /><br />
This is the left panel of a diptych.
Utagawa Kunisada (Japanese (culture or style))
Iwai Kumesaburô [III] as the teashop maiden [Chaya musume] Oritsu (left half of diptych; pair w/ 2003/1.436.2)
1836 – 1844
Gift of Dr. James Hayes