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Blossoming Plum Tree

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Yamamoto Baiitsu, an early nineteenth-century literatus, has been acclaimed as one of Japan's consummate painters of bird-and-flower compositions. In this monumental scroll, he pays homage to the Chinese scholar-amateur tradition in his use of the plum motif, a symbol of moral fortitude. The...

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Signed

Kinoe toshi aki kugatsu Baiitsu Ryo sha

Provenance

Prior to 2007, acquired by Mr. Klaus F. Naumann, Tokyo, Japan from Honma Masao, Shimane prefecture, Japan; 2007, offered for purchase to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds by exchange from the William Sturgis Bigelow Collection and Gift of Dr. Ernest G. Stillman

Japanese, Edo period, 1834

Dimensions

Image: 147.3 x 167.6 cm (58 x 66 in.) Lender accessory (approx.): 157.5 x 10.2 cm (62 x 4 in.)

Accession Number

2007.105

Medium or Technique

Hanging scroll; ink on silk

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Asia

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