Landscape and calligraphy

Artist: Kameda Bōsai 亀田鵬斎 (1752-1826)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, early 19th century
Ink and color on paper
H x W (image): 116.9 × 27.2 cm (46 × 10 11/16 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Alice Yelen and Dr. Kurt Gitter
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Hanging scroll

Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, kakemono, landscape
Provenance research underway.

This strikingly simple landscape reflects its painter-calligrapher's interest in Chinese paintings of the Yuan dynasty (1279-1368). Kameda Bosai was a scholar specializing in Chinese Confucian studies who became famous for his painting, poetry, and calligraphy, arts that he practiced while traveling widely in Japan. Bosai's two-line Chinese inscription on this work is written in his distinctive cursive style.

As morning comes, he tries to reach the fruit upon high branches,
And unwittingly knocks down the nest of an immortal crane.

Translation by Stephen Allee

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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