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Title

Pine, bamboo and plum blossom

17th century


Artist

Kanô Einô

Japan

1631 - 1697


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.


Details


Other Titles

Cypress and plum blossom

Pine and plum blossom


Place where the work was made

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


Artist information

Kanô Einô

Works in the collection

1


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 7 publications

Bibliography


Edmund Capon AM, OBE, Art Gallery of New South Wales: highlights from the collection, Sydney, 2008, 176 (colour illus.), 177 (colour illus.). The colour illus. on page 177 is a detail of this work.

Edmund Capon AM, OBE, Art Gallery of New South Wales Foundation Annual Report 1997, Sydney, 1997, cover (colour illus.), 20 (colour illus.).

Edmund Capon, Orientations, 'Asian Collections in the Art Gallery of New South Wales', pg. 76-79, Hong Kong, Sep 2000, 78 (colour illus.). fig.4

Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Asian Collection: East Asia', pg. 246-287, Sydney, 1999, 273 (colour illus.).

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The World of Samurai Culture', Sydney, 2003, 218, 219 (colour illus.).

Clare Pollard, Look, 'The Folding Screen', pg. 19, Sydney, Nov 2004, 19 (colour illus.). Image is part a of the screen only

Michael Wardell, Look, 'Foundation building', pg.14-17, Sydney, Sep 2004, 17.