East Asian Art
Pavilions in a Mountain LandscapeMade in Japan, Asia
Muromachi Period (1392-1573), c. 1550
Artist/maker unknown, Japanese
Ink and color on paper; mounted as a pair of hanging scrolls
Currently not on view
|Purchased with the Henry P. McIlhenny Fund in memory of Frances P. McIlhenny, the Henry B. Keep Fund, and the East Asian Art Revolving Fund, 1990|
LabelNow mounted as hanging scrolls, this pair of ink paintings was originally set into lacquered wood frames to serve as sliding doors in an upper-class residence or Buddhist temple of the sixteenth century. The unidentified artist was thoroughly trained in Chinese-style ink painting techniques. The theme of the retired scholar-recluse in his mountain retreat is dramatically expressed in this landscape, which reads from right to left. Beneath the sharp contours of the mountains a steep waterfall feeds a river below. The precarious bridge over the water leads to a Chinese-style pavilion among the cliffs, where a group of scholars sip tea or wine under the moonlight.