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Morning glories (incense wrapper)
尾形光琳筆 朝顔図香包 一幅 絹本金地着色 江戸時代
Place of Origin: Japan
Date: 1711-1716
Historical Period: Edo period (1615-1868)
Object Name: Hanging scroll
Materials: Ink, colors and gold on silk
Dimensions: H. 10 1/2 in x W. 8 3/8 in, H. 26.6 cm x W. 21.1 cm (image); H. 54 in x W. 17 3/8 in, H. 137.1 cm x W. 44.0 cm (overall)
Credit Line: Gift and Purchase from the Harry G.C. Packard Collection Charitable Trust in honor of Dr. Shujiro Shimada; The Avery Brundage Collection
Department: Japanese Art
Collection: Painting
Object Number: 1991.79
On Display: No

Description

Label:

Decorated paper wrappers (kozutsumi) like this one held aromatic twigs for the incense ceremony (kodo), an aristocratic pastime that spread throughout Japanese society in the 1600s. Ogata Korin painted several like it, ingeneously adapting motifs from nature for this purpose. Here a decoration of morning glories was painted on gold foil affixed to silk. Elements of the Rinpa style include sensuous, curving forms, defined in ink and color rather than outline; use of the pooled ink technique known as tarashikomi;and rhythmic surface patterns.

As the creases indicate, the wrapper was folded into a square inward from the right, then left, up from the bottom and down from the top. Unfolding the wrapper, one would see a succession of perfect designs: glimmering gold rectangles with blossoms in rich mineral blue, leaves in green or black, and white buds. Scholars believe this example was an outer wrapper, once used to enclose several smaller incense packets.


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Marks: Jakumei 寂明 (seal)
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)
"For the New Century: Japanese Treasures from the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco", Japan Society, New York, 3/22/2000 - 7/9/2000
Label:

Decorated paper wrappers (kozutsumi) like this one held aromatic twigs for the incense ceremony (kodo), an aristocratic pastime that spread throughout Japanese society in the 1600s. Ogata Korin painted several like it, ingeneously adapting motifs from nature for this purpose. Here a decoration of morning glories was painted on gold foil affixed to silk. Elements of the Rinpa style include sensuous, curving forms, defined in ink and color rather than outline; use of the pooled ink technique known as tarashikomi;and rhythmic surface patterns.

As the creases indicate, the wrapper was folded into a square inward from the right, then left, up from the bottom and down from the top. Unfolding the wrapper, one would see a succession of perfect designs: glimmering gold rectangles with blossoms in rich mineral blue, leaves in green or black, and white buds. Scholars believe this example was an outer wrapper, once used to enclose several smaller incense packets.


Marks: Jakumei 寂明 (seal)
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)
"For the New Century: Japanese Treasures from the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco", Japan Society, New York, 3/22/2000 - 7/9/2000