In Chinese painting, the theme of a larger bird surrounded by smaller ones stood for the ruler receiving advice and warnings from those who served him. Here, five small birds swoop around and chirrup at the owl. Ishibashi is copying a painting by Katei, but has failed to achieve a naturalistic effect around the owl’s eyes.


  • Title: Preparatory sketch
  • Creator: Ishibashi Kazunori
  • Location Created: Asia: Eastern Asia: Japan
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 1329 mm x 502 mm
  • Rights: Copyright of National Museums Liverpool
  • Medium: Pigment; Ink; Paper Plant

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