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Six-fold screen depicting a roaring tiger

  • Description

    Kishi Ganku was a noted Japanese painter of the late Edo period. He studied various styles of painting, including the Kano style and the bird-and-flower painting of Chinese artist Shen Nanpin, who visited Japan in 1731. Later, under the Maruyama-Shijō school of painting he developed his own realistic style, using short, choppy but elegant brush strokes to build up a dense picture, and founded the Kishi school. He painted portraits, landscapes, flowers, birds and animals, and is perhaps best known for his paintings of tigers. He may well never have seen a live tiger, but he is known to have owned a tiger skin.

  • Details

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    Asia Japan (place of creation)
    1749 - 1838
    Kishi Ganku (1749 - 1838) (artist)
    Kishi School (active c. 1750 - c. 1900)
    Material and technique
    ink, light colour, and gold on paper
    open 170.1 x 376.6 x 1.7 cm (height x width x depth)
    closed 170.1 x 64.1 x 11.3 cm (height x width x depth)
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    Purchased, 2002.
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  • Further reading

    Katz, Janice, Japanese Paintings in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, with an introductory essay by Oliver Impey (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2003), p. 15

    Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 23 April-22 September 2013, Manjū: Netsuke from the Collection of the Ashmolean Museum, Joyce Seaman, ed. (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2013), p. 58, illus. p. 58 fig. 31


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