A mounted preparatory sketch on paper in black ink depicting a falcon perched on a branch, dated 1903. Falcons had long been used in Japan for hunting, and symbolised strength and nobility. They were therefore associated with the ruling class of warriors (samurai). This is a quickly sketched image, with the branch suggested with only a few strokes, and the plumage simply formed.


  • Title: Preparatory sketch
  • Creator: Ishibashi Kazunori
  • Location Created: Asia: Eastern Asia: Japan
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 537 mm x 383 mm
  • Rights: Copyright of National Museums Liverpool
  • Medium: Paper Plant; Ink

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