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  • Tani Bunchō
    born: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; died: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan
  • Landscape, late 1700s–mid 1800s, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • ink, color on silk (with box)
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 128 x 50.7 cm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 50 3/8 x 19 15/16 in
    Mount Dimensions: 211.5 x 72.3 cm
    Mount Dimensions: 83 1/4 x 28 7/16 in
  • Gift of Jay Gates, Director, Spencer Museum of Art, 1984–1987
  • Not on display
  • 2012.0587

The scroll depicts a landscape arranged vertically into two parts. The foreground is dominated by large boulders and outcroppings, in which green and orange trees are densely packed. This rocky terrain is marked by irregular dots of green and gray ink washes, suggesting a mossy surface. A small river coursing amongst the boulders meanders towards the right, where there is a bridge. In the background lies a towering round-shaped cliff that overlooks a small rock formation on the other side. Clouds traversing between them impart motion and vigor to the painting.