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Title

Hawk

17th century

Artist

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615 - 1868 → Japan
    Date
    17th century
    Media categories
    Scroll , Painting
    Materials used
    hanging scroll; ink on paper
    Dimensions
    115.0 x 54.0 cm image; 211.5 x 67.7 x 73.0 cm scroll
    Signature & date

    Signed l.centre., in Japanese, inscribed in ink "Soga Chokuan [artist's seal]". Not dated.

    Credit
    Gift of Graham E. Fraser 1998
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    6.1998
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Soga Soga Nichokuan

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    Nichokuan was the second (ni) generation Chokuan. His father Soga Chokuan worked in the late sixteenth to early seventeenth century (Momoyama period). Little is known about the lives of either the father or son, but their paintings were much praised.

    Nichokuan was famous for his 'birds and flowers' paintings, especially of hawks. Despite the rather poor condition, the painting has retained its crisp and lively quality, and is a fine example of the subject. The paintings of the Momoyama period express strength and glory: the fighting spirit of the warriors. This mainstream masculine culture continued into much of the seventeenth century until the established Shogunate system dissipated the threat of war.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication