Dragon and Tiger

Dragon and Tiger


mid- to late 1500s

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Sesson Shūkei 雪村周継

(Japanese, 1504-1589)

Pair of six-panel folding screens; ink on paper

Painting: 157.3 x 339 cm (61 15/16 x 133 7/16 in.); Framed: 172.3 x 354 cm (67 13/16 x 139 3/8 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1959.136


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This pair of screens is considered the masterpiece of Sesson's body of work.


A tiger looks upon a waterfall from a bamboo grove, and a dragon dives through clouds on the right. Tiger and dragon are traditional symbols of the balancing forces in the world, yin (the feminine aspect) and yang (the masculine aspect). The screens are a tour de force of ink brushwork by an artist affiliated with Zen Buddhist communities in eastern and northern Japan.

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