Two-panel folding screen; ink, color, and gold leaf on paper
Image: 57 11/16 x 65 1/8 in. (146.5 x 165.4 cm) Overall: 59 1/4 x 66 1/2 in. (150.5 x 168.9 cm)
Fletcher Fund, 1926
Not on view
Many artists and poets of the East and West alike have striven to capture the transitory and fleeting image of swelling waves. Kōrin’s rendition—one of Japan’s most striking representations of this amorphous, ungraspable form—has a strangely menacing feel, due no doubt to the long, tentacle-like fingers of foam, punctured here and there by openings. Outlined in ink using the ancient Chinese technique of drawing with two brushes held together in one hand, the clawlike waves are peculiarly reminiscent of dragons’ talons. The immediate inspiration for the screen may have been images by Sesson Shūkei (ca. 1504–ca. 1589), whose extant works include a number of dynamic and mysterious renderings of waves.
The screen bears a seal reading “Dōsū,” the name Kōrin adopted in 1704. Recent research suggests that the screen was executed between 1704 and 1709, when Kōrin was residing in Edo (now Tokyo).
Artist: In the style of Ogata Kōrin (Japanese, 1658–1716) Date: 18th–19th centuryMedium: Gold lacquer with dark gray ishime, gold, red, black, and silver makie, pewter, and mother-of-pearl; Ojime: bead with autumn wild flowers; Netsuke: rat eating peach; boxwoodAccession: 91.1.701On view in:Not on view
Artist: School of Ogata Kōrin (Japanese, 1658–1716) Date: first half of the 19th centuryMedium: Three cases; lacquered wood with mother-of-pearl and pewter inlay on gold lacquer ground; Pouch: printed cotton with sarasa pattern; Ojime: metal bead
Accession: 29.100.812On view in:Not on view
Artist: Attributed to Ogata Kōrin (Japanese, 1658–1716) Date: 17th–18th centuryMedium: Folding fan mounting as a hanging scroll; ink, color, and gold on paperAccession: 29.100.526On view in:Not on view
Artist: After Ogata Kōrin (Japanese, 1658–1716) Date: 18th centuryMedium: Gold maki-e and mother-of-pearl inlay
Ojime: wood-and-gilt bead in shape of sake bottle
Netsuke: ivory with lacquer design of toysAccession: 36.100.229On view in:Not on view