Japanese painting on silk of a pair of cranes by a waterfall, dated 1718. This is the image of a pair of cranes, the great birds that return to Japan at New Years every year. They are always an emblem of good fortune and purity in their association with this period of the year. Since the birds are monogamous they are seen as reflecting the integrity and values of the family organization in Japan. The painting is wonderfully done in sumi-e. It is a remarkable classic presentation by a Nagasaki artist named Jakugen (1668-1744), whose family name was Ogawa. He had a teacher named Kawamura Jakushi. He served the lords of Lord Nabeshima as an official painter, known for landscapes, figures, and portraits. Fortunately this painting is clearly dated as 1718. It is a painting of the Kano school.
Age: Edo, 1718
Size: image 44" x 16.25" (112 x 41 cm), overall 79.5" x 27.75" (202 x 70 cm)
Media: Ink on silk
Price: $5,500.00 USD