An image of Cranes

Maruyama ÔKYO

(Japan 1733 – 1795)

Cranes

Location
Lower Asian gallery
Further information

This stunning example of Japanese screen design shows Okyo's expressive power as well as his meticulous observation of cranes and their behaviour. The artist is attuned to the subtle relationship among the adult and juvenile birds that congregate in the top [right] screen. In contrast, in the bottom [left] screen he captures the dynamic movements of three cranes that are about to land to join the others. The artist's power of observation can be seen in details such as the half-closed eye of the resting adult crane on the far right, and the crane stretching his neck skyward.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.234.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615–1868
Year
circa 1770-circa 1772
Media
Painting
Medium
pair of six-fold screens; colour and gold leaf on paper
Dimensions
each screen: 153.0 x 357.0cm image; 169.5 x 373.0cm screen :
a - right screen - Eight cranes standing; 153 x 357 cm; image
a - right screen - Eight cranes standing; 1695 x 3730 cm; screen
b - left screen - Three cranes flying; 153 x 357 cm; image
b - left screen - Three cranes flying; 1695 x 3730 cm; screen
Signature & date
Signed l.l., in Japanese, ink [inscribed] "Maruyama Okyo [& artist's seal]". Not dated. [left screen] Signed l.r., in Japanese, ink [inscribed] "Mayuyama Okyo [& artist's seal]". Not dated. [right screen]
Credit
Purchased with assistance from the Japanese Society of Sydney, the Japan Chamber of Commerce and The Sidney Myer Charity Trust 1981
Accession number
109.1981.a-b