Sanraku Kano / Wild Geese / late 16th-early 17th centurySanraku Kano
Wild Geese
late 16th-early 17th century

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Creator Name: Kano, Sanraku
Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Japanese
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1559 - 1635
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Sanraku Kano
Title: Wild Geese
Title Type: Primary
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Creation Start Date: 1580
Creation End Date: 1635
Creation Date: late 16th-early 17th century
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: pair of six-fold screens; ink on paper
Dimensions: Overall: 170.2cm x 371.8cm, Painting only: 152cm x 359cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1987.9.1
Credit Line: Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund
Context: In the 13th century, rather plain-looking but highly evocative ink paintings by amateur Chan (Zen) monks illustrating poems began to appear in China. Among these were depictions of geese, shown inflight or engaged in a variety of activities (feeding, preening, honking, and sleeping) along the shoreline of a lake or river. These images became quite popular among visiting Zen clerics from Japan, and later among collectors of Chinese and Korean paintings. The associations with continental culture, Zen thought and poetry, and with famous Chinese monk-painters whose painting techniques had become revered as visual emblems of Zen principles all coalesced in 14th- and 15th-century Japanese culture to imbue such ordinary subjects with very special meaning Consequently these screens reflect the continuation of that painting tradition in the late 16th or early 17th century by the Sanraku, head ofthe most important studio in Kyoto.
Link to Work: CMA_.1987.9.2
AMICA ID: CMA_.1987.9.1
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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