Pavilions in a Mountain Landscape

Artist/maker unknown, Japanesec. 1550; Muromachi Period (1392-1573)

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Now mounted as hanging scrolls, this pair of ink paintings was originally set into lacquered wood frames to serve as sliding doors in an upper-class residence or Buddhist temple of the sixteenth century. The unidentified artist was thoroughly trained in Chinese-style ink painting techniques. The theme of the retired scholar-recluse in his mountain retreat is dramatically expressed in this landscape, which reads from right to left. Beneath the sharp contours of the mountains a steep waterfall feeds a river below. The precarious bridge over the water leads to a Chinese-style pavilion among the cliffs, where a group of scholars sip tea or wine under the moonlight.

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  • Title: Pavilions in a Mountain Landscape
  • Date Created: c. 1550; Muromachi Period (1392-1573)
  • Location: Japan
  • Physical Dimensions: w38 x h60 in (Each)
  • Provenance: Purchased with the Henry P. McIlhenny Fund in memory of Frances P. McIlhenny, the Henry B. Keep Fund, and the East Asian Art Revolving Fund, 1990
  • Type: Paintings
  • Rights: © 2014 Philadelphia Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
  • External Link: Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Medium: Ink and color on paper; mounted as a pair of hanging scrolls
  • Artist/Maker: Artist/maker unknown, Japanese