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The painting depicts three houses in a small village, surrounded by trees. There is a lake in the right-hand foreground of the painting. The artist signed his name with the seal of his pen name, Lao Pai (Pai the old man) on the upper left-hand corner.
Qi Baishi
Rural Village
1925 – 1935
Gift of Katsuizumi Sotokichi
This hanging scroll depicts two carp among waves using light ink washes. It demonstrates the Kanō painters' interest in naturalistic depiction of flowers, birds and animals.
Kanō School
Two carp among waves
17th century
Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker
There is a small clump of bamboo rising toward the top of the hanging scroll. There are three stems and a small clump of leaves. In the bottom left corner of the hanging scroll are two seals by the artist.
Nakabayashi Chikutō
1800 – 1849
Gift of the Calvin French Collection
Black ink painting. Inscription in the upper left corner. At the base of the image are clouds with an elderly figure dressed in robes standing atop them. To his right is a younger figure pearing down at the clouds with a pack on his back.
Ren Yu (Jen Yü)
God of Happiness and Attendant in the Clouds, in the style of Luo Ping
Gift of Jung Ying Ts'ao, in honor of Senator Carl Levin
This hanging scroll depicts three white chrysanthemums. The flowers form a dynamic arc, and were executed with powerful, rapid brushstrokes. The contrast between the thin lines of the petals of the flowers and the dark thick strokes made with the side of the brush suggesting the leaves and stalks of the plants creates the main visual drama of the painting. 
Soga Shōhaku
18th century
Museum Purchase
This hanging scroll depicts a man walking along a mountainous path overlooking a group of buildings and distant mountains. In the foreground, the figure moves to the left, and is placed before a large tree growing out of the rocks. The middle of the painting is dominated by a diagonal line created by the roofs of various structures leading to three larger mountain peaks, indicated with light gray washes. 
Soga Shōhaku
Strolling in the Mountains
18th century
Museum Purchase
This painting depicts a solitary bird perched on a tropical banana plant. There are inscriptions and signature of the artist on the upper left-hand corner: "A farewell gift for Mr. Katsuizumi, as he goes south. Baishi."
Qi Baishi
Solitary Bird Perched on a Banana Plant
1915 – 1925
Gift of Katsuizumi Sotokichi

Isamu Noguchi
Seated Female Nude: Scroll (Kakemono)
Museum Purchase
The painting depicts bamboo plants and pine trees, with a calligraphic inscription on the right bottom.
Qi Baishi
Pine and Bamboo
1925 – 1935
Gift of Katsuizumi Sotokichi
The composition is a well-established type: a complex of temple buildings is tucked into a mountainside, on the shore of a broad body of water, with mists rising to obscure the distant peaks. The artist provides a path leading from the viewer’s space to the temple. Two travelers go before us, a hooded figure riding a donkey over a rustic bridge, and another man striding along on foot, further ahead. The temple buildings themselves are hidden behind thick foliage, as if protected from the secular world.Here the forms of the rocky outcroppings, the trees, and even the mountains are starkly outlined, and there are strong contrasts of light and dark. These features suggest that this is a work of by a professional Kanô School artist, probably of the seventeenth century.
Kanō School
Temple in the Mountains
17th century
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Province M. Henry

Japanese (Japanese (culture or style))
Rubbing of Folk Carving: Fudô Myôo, Seated with a Lasso and Sword
1945 – 1955
Gift of Mrs. Caroline J. Plumer
This calligraphy is executed in ink on paper. There are a total of three red seals present in the piece, one in the upper right hand corner, and two towards the left center of the piece. The calligraphy is very strong and forceful, with broad, well defined strokes. The work is mounted on golden silk.
Murase Taiitsu
Poem in Running Script
19th century
Gift of Dr. Kurt A. Gitter in memory of Dr. Harold P. Stern