by Sakai Houitsu

There is a genre in traditional Japanese painting called 花鳥画 kachou-ga , which literally translated means 'a painting of birds and flowers'.

『十二ヶ月花鳥図』 酒井抱一 (左から十二月、七月、五月)

『十二ヶ月花鳥図』 酒井抱一 (左から十二月、七月、五月)

Detail: Plum Branch and Flowers by a Stream on Silver Date: 2nd half of 19th century Country of Origin: Japan

Detail: Plum Branch and Flowers by a Stream on Silver Date: half of century Country of Origin: Japan

神坂 雪佳 Kamisaka Sekka

Plum Blossoms and Poem Slip by Sekka, from World of Things

Kamisaka Sekka Flowers of the twelve months, 1920-25, one leaf from a set of 12 album leaves, ink and colour on silk 24.7 x 31.7 cm each Hosomi Museum, Kyoto

Kamisaka Sekka Flowers of the twelve months, one leaf from a set of 12 album leaves, ink and colour on silk x cm each Hosomi Museum, Kyoto

神坂雪佳【かみさかせっか】慶応二―昭和十七(1866~1942)

神坂雪佳【かみさかせっか】慶応二―昭和十七(1866~1942)

Square dish with design of eight bridges (yatsuhashi). 1712-1716. Chojiyamachi workshop. Edo period. Buff clay with iron pigment under transparent lead glaze; gold lacquer repairs. H: 2.9 W: 22.0 D: 21.9 cm. Kyoto, Japan. The shape and size suggest the dish was used as a tray for sweets or other light foods. The decoration refers to the popular "Kakitsubata" episode in chapter vine of the classical Tales of Ise.

Square dish with design of eight bridges (yatsuhashi), Ogata Kenzan - - Buff clay with iron pigment under transparent lead glaze; [Source: Smithsonian Freer and Sackler Galleries]

神坂雪佳 「十二ヶ月草花図画帖 3月 春草」

神坂雪佳 「十二ヶ月草花図画帖 3月 春草」

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