An image of Two fragrant Katsura

Tsubaki Chinzan

(Japan 1801 – 1854)

Two fragrant Katsura

Location
Not on display
Further information

Tsubaki Chinzan was a samurai who took up painting to supplement his income, studying under the literati painter Tani Bunchô. Chinzan incorporated into his work elements of Chinese bird and flower painting from the 1700s. In this delicate painting, Chinzan has used the 'boneless' technique in which the colour creates its own outlines rather than being confined by black ink contours. Katsura plants are native to Japan and China and are admired for their sweet fragrance and the changing colours of their heart-shaped leaves.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615–1868
Year
1847
Media
Painting
Medium
hanging scroll; ink and colour on paper
Dimensions
142.0 x 46.0 cm image; 205.5 x 63.7 x 77.8 cm scroll
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Purchased 1986
Accession number
97.1986