Sparrows and Bamboo

Shiken Saidō (Japanese, 1486–1581) and Ekkei Reikaku (Japanese, d. 1609)mid- to late 1500s

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

Shiken Saidō, whose style name was Ze'an, was a Zen monk who trained at Shōkokuji temple in Kyoto, and designed the garden of Reiun’in at Myōshinji temple. He painted landscapes in the style of painter and art advisor to the shogun, Sōami (died 1525), as well as bird-and-flower compositions. A poetic inscription by the monk Ekkei Reikaku accompanies this gentle composition of two sparrows perched on bamboo.

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  • Title: Sparrows and Bamboo
  • Creator: Shiken Saidō (Japanese, 1486–1581), Ekkei Reikaku (Japanese, d. 1609)
  • Date Created: mid- to late 1500s
  • Physical Dimensions: Mounted: 115 x 51.6 cm (45 1/4 x 20 5/16 in.)
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/2015.457
  • Medium: hanging scroll; ink on paper
  • Inscriptions: signed: Ekkei Reikaku daishi owaru inscription sealed: Reikaku
  • Department: Japanese Art
  • Culture: Japan, Muromachi period (1392-1573)
  • Credit Line: Gift from the Collection of George Gund III
  • Collection: ASIAN - Hanging scroll
  • Accession Number: 2015.457

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