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Hawk on oak tree
曾我二直庵筆 柏に鷹図 一幅 紙本墨画 江戸時代 17世紀
Date: approx. 1630-1650
Historical Period: Edo period (1615-1868)
Object Name: Hanging scroll
Materials: Ink on paper
Dimensions: H. 47 in x W. 22 in, H. 119.4 cm x W. 55.7 cm
Credit Line: The Avery Brundage Collection
Department: Japanese Art
Collection: Painting
Object Number: B60D18
On Display: No

Description

Label:

曾我二直庵筆 柏に鷹図 一幅 紙本墨画 江戸時代 17世紀

Like the bald eagle that is America's national emblem, the Japanese mountain hawk-eagle (kumataka) is a large, fiercelooking bird connected with majesty and power. This formidable hunter uses the element of surprise to attack its prey from perches high in the forest. Japanese warriors admired the hawk's qualities and complemented activities like falconry and bird-collecting by commissioning paintings of both hawks and tethered falcons for display in their castles.

The artist Soga Nichokuan specialized in painting hawks, as did his father Chokuan. His goal, as seen in this work, was to capture the bird's alert posture. Standing with one leg curled under the body, eyes intently focused, the hawk stands ready to spring from its vantage place in an oak tree. Notice the care Nichokuan took to distinguish the different shapes and textures of the bird's soft plumage, sharp beak and talons, glassy eye, and elastic skin—all using graded washes of ink and supple brush lines.


More Information

Marks: Three seals
Exhibition History: "Japanese Paintings from the Collection of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco", organized by Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Inc. (Nikkei), Matsuzakaya Art Museum, Nagoya (3/2/1995-4/9/1995), Takashimaya Art Gallery, Tokyo (4/20/1995-5/9/1995), Takashimaya Grand Hall, Kyoto (6/30/1995-7/11/1995), Sogo Museum of Art, Yokohama (8/2/1995-9/17/1995)
Label:

曾我二直庵筆 柏に鷹図 一幅 紙本墨画 江戸時代 17世紀

Like the bald eagle that is America's national emblem, the Japanese mountain hawk-eagle (kumataka) is a large, fiercelooking bird connected with majesty and power. This formidable hunter uses the element of surprise to attack its prey from perches high in the forest. Japanese warriors admired the hawk's qualities and complemented activities like falconry and bird-collecting by commissioning paintings of both hawks and tethered falcons for display in their castles.

The artist Soga Nichokuan specialized in painting hawks, as did his father Chokuan. His goal, as seen in this work, was to capture the bird's alert posture. Standing with one leg curled under the body, eyes intently focused, the hawk stands ready to spring from its vantage place in an oak tree. Notice the care Nichokuan took to distinguish the different shapes and textures of the bird's soft plumage, sharp beak and talons, glassy eye, and elastic skin—all using graded washes of ink and supple brush lines.


Marks: Three seals
Exhibition History: "Japanese Paintings from the Collection of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco", organized by Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Inc. (Nikkei), Matsuzakaya Art Museum, Nagoya (3/2/1995-4/9/1995), Takashimaya Art Gallery, Tokyo (4/20/1995-5/9/1995), Takashimaya Grand Hall, Kyoto (6/30/1995-7/11/1995), Sogo Museum of Art, Yokohama (8/2/1995-9/17/1995)