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A side: Mandarin ducks and plum trees, by Yokoyama SeikiB side: Lakeside landscape, by Okajima Seikô

Accession Number
2003/1.405.3

Title
A side: Mandarin ducks and plum trees, by Yokoyama Seiki
B side: Lakeside landscape, by Okajima Seikô

Artist(s)
Yokoyama Seiki and Okajima Seikō; Okajima Seikō

Object Creation Date
circa 1850-1865

Medium & Support
ink and light colors with gold dust on paper

Dimensions
75 in x 40 in x 3 1/8 in (190.5 cm x 101.6 cm x 7.9 cm);66 5/8 in x 36 5/8 in x 11/16 in (169.3 cm x 93 cm x 1.8 cm);68 9/16 in x 38 11/16 in x 1 in (174.1 cm x 98.3 cm x 2.55 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Helmut Stern

Label copy
2003/1.405.1-4 comprises two sets of four panels of fusuma-e (sliding doors) still in their original frames, with the metal door pulls set into each of the paintings. One side, across all four panels, depicts mandarin ducks and plum trees, by Yokoyama Seiki (1793–1865); and on the reverse is a river landscape by Seiki's pupil, Okajima Seikô (1828–1877). Both artists worked in Kyoto, in the naturalist (Shasei) school. Screens such as these would have adorned the residential quarters of a temple compound or the private home of a wealthy individual.

Subject matter
Yokoyama Seiki (1793–1865) and his pupil Okajima Seikô (1828–1877), worked in Kyoto, in the naturalist (Shasei) school. Screens such as these would have adorned the residential quarters of a temple compound or the private home of a wealthy individual.

"The "four gentlemen" subjects of bamboo, orchid, plum, and chrysanthemum, subjects favoured by Chinese literati as a fitting exercise in ink-play that was very close to calligraphy. "

Addiss, Stephen. Nanga Paintings. London: R. G. Sawers, 1975.



Physical Description
2003/1.405.1-4 comprises two sets of four panels of fusuma-e (sliding doors) still in their original frames, with the metal door pulls set into each of the paintings. One side, across all four panels, depicts mandarin ducks and plum trees, by Yokoyama Seiki (1793–1865); and on the reverse is a river landscape by Seiki's pupil, Okajima Seikô (1828–1877).

Primary Object Classification
Painting

Primary Object Type
screen

Collection Area
Asian

Rights
If you are interested in using an image for a publication, please visit http://umma.umich.edu/request-image for more information and to fill out the online Image Rights and Reproductions Request Form. Keywords
ducks (birds)
lacustrine bodies of water
screens (furniture)
trees

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