East Asian Art
No Footprints Show Where Flowers Are DeepMade in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America
Shöwa Period (1926-1989), 1959
Shikō Munakata, Japanese, 1903 - 1975
Ink on paper; mounted as a hanging scroll
Currently not on view
1974-179-5Gift of Carl Zigrosser, 1974
LabelThe six characters on this hanging scroll translate as “no footprints show where flowers are deep.” The thick, almost abstract lines of the calligraphy seem to burst beyond the surface of the paper, and were executed with slashing strokes of the brush in a furious burst of speed and with the intense concentration and power that distinguished Munakata's work.