Mt.Penglai (Mountain of Immortals)

Tomioka Tessai1924

Adachi Museum of Art

Adachi Museum of Art
Yasugi, Shimane, Japan

Mt.Penglai (Horai-san) is the subject that Tessai favored throughout his life. This work, which was produced in his later years, is reminiscent of rural Japanese landscapes; the mountains are low and gentle, the aromatic plum blossoms are in bloom, and the cranes are playing. This may be the ideal world that Tessai, who had read numerous books and had walked far and wide, finally found. Interestingly, the poem in the picture, "mountains are like Horai, people are like hermits," seems to express Tessai's feelings at that time.


  • Title: Mt.Penglai (Mountain of Immortals)
  • Creator Lifespan: 1836 - 1924
  • Creator Nationality: Japanese
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Kyoto
  • Creator Birth Place: Kyoto
  • Date Created: 1924
  • Location Created: Japan
  • Year of Production: 大正13年
  • Physical Dimensions: w58.0 x h50.8 cm
  • Painter: Tomioka Tessai
  • Object Title: 蓬莱仙境図
  • Category: 日本画
  • Artist Name: 富岡鉄斎
  • Type: Japanese Painting
  • Rights: Adachi Museum of Art, Terms & Conditions
  • Medium: color on silk / framed

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