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  • Tanomura Chikuden
    born: Takada, Bungo province (present-day Ôita prefecture), Japan ; died: Osaka, Japan
  • Landscape, late 1700s–early 1800s, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • ink, color on silk (with box)
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 130.8 x 50.4 cm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 51 1/2 x 19 13/16 in
    Mount Dimensions: 207 x 72.4 cm
    Mount Dimensions: 81 1/2 x 28 1/2 in
  • Gift of Jay Gates, Director, Spencer Museum of Art, 1984–1987
  • Not on display
  • 2012.0588

The scroll provides a panoramic view of a winter landscape. Boulders dominate the foreground. Gnarled trees rise up from the boulders and dwarf rustic houses hidden behind. A man sitting inside one of the houses is engaged in reading. As the landscape recedes into the background, several thrusting rocks emerge from two sides of the painting, creating a zigzag. The pale surface of angular rocks evokes the chill of winter. Small dots, suggestive of moss, are scattered densely on some facets of the rocks. Much of the scene is covered by snow and was rendered in gray or light gray ink washes, suggesting dim and overcast winter weather.