- Not on display
- 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: Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615–1868
- circa 1770-circa 1772
- pair of six-fold screens; colour and gold leaf on paper
- each screen: 153.0 x 357.0cm image; 169.5 x 373.0cm 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]
- Purchased with assistance from the Japanese Society of Sydney, the Japan Chamber of Commerce and The Sidney Myer Charity Trust 1981
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