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Scarecrow
  • Ōtagaki Rengetsu
    1791–1875
    born: Tajima province (present-day Hyogo prefecture), Japan ; died: Kyoto, Japan
  • Scarecrow, mid 1800s, Edo period (1600–1868) or Meiji period (1868–1912)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • ink on paper
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 1734 x 293 mm
  • Gift of Belinda Sweet
  • Not on display
  • 1990.0098
Description

Tall format hanging scroll with calligraphy in upper half (no seals) and an image of a scarecrow in the lower half. Scarecrow consists of straw hat of wet brushstrokes with stick-like body and arms of dry brushstrokes. Reed-like brushstrokes rise from the lower left corner up diagonally into the scarecrow image.