(Chinese, active 1300s)
Hanging scroll, ink on paper
Image: 97 x 39.4 cm (38 3/16 x 15 1/2 in.); Overall: 181.6 x 58 cm (71 1/2 x 22 13/16 in.)
John L. Severance Fund 1979.70
Songtian is known for his depictions of squirrels in a monochrome style characterized by crisp, decisive brushstrokes. He may have been a Chan (Zen) priest-painter,or perhaps a Daoist painter, active in the Hangzhou region of China. From there his works spread to Japan.
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