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Mitsui Takamine (1857-1948)

Hanging scroll painting (kakemono) 1922

Ink and colour on paper, silk brocade, bone, wood | 276.5 x 86.7 cm (whole object) | RCIN 69750

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Wealthy samurai hung seasonal scroll paintings in dedicated alcoves (tokonoma) where they could be admired by guests. This painting depicts Mount Arashiyama, near Kyoto. Diagonal lines of trees draw the eye down the spring-time scene, and the season’s freshness is reinforced by the bright mounting of gold and green brocade.