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Album leaf; ink and slight color on ivory silk
Sheet: 25.2 x 17.8 cm (9 15/16 x 7 in.)
Gift of Mary B. Lee, C. Bingham Blossom, Dudley S. Blossom III, Laurel B. Kovacik, and Elizabeth B. Blossom, in memory of Elizabeth B. Blossom 19220.127.116.11
Nukina Kaioku was one of the three great calligraphers of the final years of the Edo period (1615–1868), known as the "Three Brushes of the End of the Military Government (Bakumatsu Sanpitsu)."
The Nanga, or "Southern School" painters of 17th- and 18th-century Japan were greatly influenced by Chinese culture. The subjects and styles of their work reflected the contemporary Japanese taste for imported Chinese objects and learning. A common practice among Nanga painters was the exchange of small paintings and calligraphies. They also celebrated special gatherings of artist-friends by producing individual sheets that were then gathered together in albums. The sheets shown here were part of such a gathering.
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