An image of Rural landscape with horses and bulls

Kusumi MORIKAGE

(Japan circa 1620 – 1690)

Rural landscape with horses and bulls

Location
Not on display
Further information

This Arcadian landscape has horses and bulls as the main subject; humans and their activities seem to take a secondary role. The top screen is dominated by the freely roaming, gambolling horses. The season moves from spring on the right with the blossoming plum tree to a summery scene of a mare and her colt in a stream. The bottom screen shows bulls working or playing while the village lads frolic in the landscape. The season shifts from autumn, with farmers carrying harvest, to the snowy winter. Morikage was expelled from the Kano school later in his life and moved from Edo to Kaga (present-day Ishikawa) ruled by the Maeda clan.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.231.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615–1868
Year
17th century
Media
Painting
Medium
pair of six-fold screens; ink and gold wash on paper
Dimensions
a - right screen - Herd of horses; 152 x 346.6 cm; image
a - right screen - Herd of horses; 169 x 364 cm; sheet
b - left screen - Mountain with temple and tower; 152 x 346.6 cm; image
b - left screen - Mountain with temple and tower; 169 x 364 cm; sheet
Signature & date
Signed l.l.[left screen], in Japanese, ink [inscribed] "Morikage hitsu [drawn by Morikage]" [& artist's seal]. Not dated. Signed l.r.[right screen], in Japanese, ink [inscribed] "Morikage hitsu [drawn by Morikage]" [& artist's seal]. Not dated.
Credit
Purchased with funds provided by Kenneth Myer 1984
Accession number
246.1984.a-b