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Birds and Flowers

Kano Shôei

Asian Art

MEDIUM Ink, color, gold leaf and gold fleck on paper
  • Place Made: Japan
  • DATES late 16th century
    PERIOD Muromachi Period
    DIMENSIONS folded: 69 x 25 1/2 in. (175.3 x 64.8 cm) Image (outer panel): 62 3/8 x 21 5/8 in. (158.4 x 54.9 cm) Image (inner panel): 62 3/8 x 24 3/8 in. (158.4 x 61.9 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Dr. and Mrs. John Fleming
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Attributed to Kano Shôei (Japanese, 1519-1592). Birds and Flowers, late 16th century. Ink, color, gold leaf and gold fleck on paper, folded: 69 x 25 1/2 in. (175.3 x 64.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. John Fleming, 83.183.1. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE overall, 83.183.1_left.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Birds and Flowers. Pair of 6-panel screens; ink, color, gold leaf, and gold fleck on paper. From left to right (.1-.2): 1. Pine Tree, Woodpecker, Azaleas, Roses, Rapids. 2. Pine tree, small birds, female pheasant, rocks, rapids. 3. Male pheasant on rock below pine branch, rapids. 4. Small birds, Chinese bellflowers, ayu (sweetfish). 5. Wild goose, lotus, female mandarin duck. 6. Lotus, river grass, small bird, mandarin duck, rocks. 7. Cucumber Vine, squash vine, small birds, rocks. 8. Swallow, squash vine, white heron. 9. Swallow, willow, bird on rock. 10. Willow, eggplant bush, small birds. 11. Two white herons on a willow tree, tiger lilies. 12. Willow tree, small birds, rocks. Blue and gold brocade borders, black lacquer wood frame with bronze fittings, stencil printing paper back. Condition: Very minor old repairs, new 11 1/2" diagonal split near upper right of panel 4. July 11, 1984: closed open split and touched up gold leaf as follows: Upper center of left panel, upper left of second panel from left, upper center and middle right edge of third panel, upper left, lower center and middle right of fourth panel, upper left of fifth panel, upper left and center left of 6th panel. Hinges were sound. Technique: open splits, insert paper and wheat paste, close split and match gold leaf on surface. Work completed by Kazufumi Homma, restorer, in TBM Conservation lab. Examined 6/4/90 by Sondra Castile, Conservator from the Met. 83.183.b (left-hand screen): 8/6/93: Conservator's report (record of restoration) condition: Fair. Repaired and retouched numerous times. Number of fresh tears resulting from shrinkage of the paper support. Counting the panels from left to right, the tears are located as follows: #1, top right corner; #2, top left corner; #3, top and bottom right corner; #4, top left and bottom left and right corner; #5, top right corner; #6, top left. The screen itself is in fairly good condition. The silk borders are discolored and worn, and lifting at the far left top corner. Treatment; the torn areas were re-adhered, as was the silk border at top left. The gaps between the edges of the torn paper were inpainted. Lifting areas were re-adhered. (JD)
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