Attributed to Kano Shôei (Japanese, 1519-1592). <em>Birds and Flowers</em>, late 16th century. Ink, color, gold leaf and gold fleck on paper, Overall (unfolded): 68 3/4 × 147 11/16 in. (174.6 × 375.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. John Fleming, 83.183.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , 83.183.2_PS11.jpg)

Birds and Flowers

Artist:Kano Shôei

Medium: Ink, color, gold leaf and gold fleck on paper

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:late 16th century

Dimensions: Overall (unfolded): 68 3/4 × 147 11/16 in. (174.6 × 375.2 cm) image (outer panel): 62 5/16 x 21 5/8 in. (158.3 x 54.9 cm) image (Inner panel): 62 3/8 x 24 3/8 in. (158.4 x 61.9 cm)


Accession Number: 83.183.2

Image: 83.183.2_PS11.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Birds and Flowers. Pair of 6-panel screens; ink, color, gold leaf, and gold fleck on paper. This is the right-hand screen of the pair. The screens represent a variety of plants and animals associated with the late spring, summer, and early autumn in Japan. Prof. Matthew McKelway notes that most of the species and varieties are native to Japan, with some of the birds passing through Japan in the summer months. On this screen, from right to left: Panel 1: Pine tree, woodpecker, roses, and leopard flowers (hiogi) Panel 2: Pine tree, with a pair of varied tits (yamagara) in its branches, a female golden pheasant below with bamboo grass (kumazasa) and Asiatic dayflowers (tsuyukusa or tsukikusa), and a blue-and-white fly catcher (oruri) flying above. Panel 3: Male golden pheasant, a pair of red-whiskered bulbuls (koraun) above, spider brake (inomotoso) below and Asiatic dayflowers (tsuyukusa or tsukikusa) behind the pheasant. Panel 4: three bushwarblers (uguisu) in flight, with sweetfish (ayu) swimming below, with Japanese gentian (rindo) above. Panel 5: a diving duck above with a female mandarin duck below, among pink lotus flowers and reeds (ashi). Panel 6: the male mandarin duck among more lotuses and reeds, with an unidentified bird perched above. Blue and gold brocade borders, black lacquer wood frame with bronze fittings, stencil printing paper back.

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