Takachiho Peak, from a collaborative album of 11 pages

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Takachiho Peak, from a collaborative album of 11 pages


Object Creation Date
circa 1923

Medium & Support
album leaf, ink and light color on paper

10 5/8 in x 14 1/8 in (26.99 cm x 35.88 cm);10 5/8 in x 7 1/16 in x 1 1/16 in (26.99 cm x 17.94 cm x 2.7 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. J. Robert Willson

Label copy
Dated "Japanese Imperium Year 2600".

Subject matter
The three peaks are a depiction of the Kirishima mountain range. This is considered a sacred place due to its connection with Japan's Shinto religion. The full name of the specifically legendary mountain is Takachiho-no-Mine and is connected to Tenson-korin which tells the story of Amaterasu's grandson's (named Ninigi-no-Mikoto) descent to earth from Heaven (Takamagahara). The peak of the mountain has a three-pronged spear that appears in the legend. The second peak shows the crater that can be seen West of Takachiho-no-Mine. 

Physical Description
Using colors of green, red, black, and yellow, this is a painting of the Takachiho peak. It shows an ascending organization of the three peaks with the first one in the foreground as the shortest and the least one as the tallest. Clouds creep in from around the peaks and frame the peaks. The mountain range continues in the background to the left with two peaks. The mountain in the foreground has clusters of trees. The second peak has a crater-like shape at its peak while the furthest third peak is the sharpest of the three. To the right is an inscription in black in descending three lines with the rightmost one starting furthest from the bottom. At the end of the inscription (reading right to left) is a red stamp.

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Unbound Work

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