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Title

Pine, bamboo and plum blossom

17th century

Artist

Kanō Einō

Japan

1631 - 1697

Alternate image of Pine, bamboo and plum blossom by Kanō Einō
Alternate image of Pine, bamboo and plum blossom by Kanō Einō
  • Details

    Other Titles
    Cypress and plum blossom
    Pine and plum blossom
    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615 - 1868 → Japan
    Date
    17th century
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    pair of six-panel screens (byobu); colour and gold on paper
    Dimensions

    a - right screen - cyrpress and pine, 167 x 359.5 cm

    a - right screen - cyrpress and pine, 182.5 x 376 cm

    b - left screen - plum blossom and bamboo, 167 x 359.5 cm

    b - left screen - plum blossom and bamboo, 182.5 x 376 cm

    Signature & date

    a. Signed l.l., in Japanese, ink "...Kano Eino... [& artist's seal]". Not dated. [left screen]
    b. Signed l.r., in Japanese, ink "...Kano Eino... [& artist's seal]". Not dated. [right screen]

    Credit
    Art Gallery of New South Wales Foundation Purchase 1994
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    638.1994.a-b
    Copyright

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    Artist information
    Kanō Einō

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  • About

    These screens were painted by Kanō Einō, the third-generation head of the Kyoto Kanō school. Kanō artists were often commissioned to create lavish gold screens for the elite samurai class, who sought to display their wealth and power.

    The cypress was a favoured symbol of samurai dominance, while the pierced rock formation is a Chinese Daoist interpretation of the yin and yang, void and form. The combination of the pine, bamboo and plum blossom on the far left originated in China in the 1200s and is known as the ‘three friends of winter’. The pine exemplifies steadfastness and courage, the bamboo uprightness and the plum blossom, purity. The pheasant is a Chinese emblem of beauty and good fortune, but in Japan the bird was also prey in the samurai sport of falconry.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 7 publications