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Pair of Dragons
  • Ishida Yūtei
    born: Kyoto, Japan ; active: Japan
  • Pair of Dragons, late 1700s–early 1800s, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • ink on silk (with one box)
  • Mount Dimensions: a 195 x 55 cm
    Mount Dimensions: a 76 3/4 x 21 5/8 in
    Mount Dimensions: b 194.5 x 55 cm
    Mount Dimensions: b 76 9/16 x 21 5/8 in
  • Gift of Jay Gates, Director, Spencer Museum of Art, 1984–1987
  • Not on display
  • 2012.0600.a,b

A diptych of paintings illustrate a pair of dragons entering swiftly from the top. They were outlined with jagged and energetic brushstrokes. Encircling their bodies are clouds painted in broad and dark ink washes, suggesting movement and strength.