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Bird on a Plum Branch

Accession Number
1964/1.105

Title
Bird on a Plum Branch

Artist(s)
Maruyama Ōkyo

Object Creation Date
2nd half of 18th century

Medium & Support
hanging scroll, ink on silk

Dimensions
16 in x 22 in (40.64 cm x 55.88 cm)

Credit Line
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund

Subject matter
"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
There is a plum branch with a bird on it. The branches are really thin with tiny flowers on them. In the bottom right corner, there is a signature and a date. Surrounding the paper is a border with gold flowers for the design.

Primary Object Classification
Painting

Primary Object Type
hanging scroll

Collection Area
Asian

Rights
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Keywords
Birds
Japan
birds (motifs)
branches
flower and bird paintings
hanging scroll
hanging scrolls
ink
plum (plant)
plum tree

4 Related Resources

Ink and Realisms
(Part of: Artist Associations and Art Movements)
Japan Pax Tokugawa 1600-1868
(Part of: Empires and Colonialism)

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