Pigeons at Sensoji (Asakusa Kannon Temple)

The scene is autumnal. Pigeons are variously comported in front of the main complex of building at Sensoji (Asakusa Kannon Temple) in Tokyo. The location is indicated in the inscription. Falling gingko leaves suggest the season. The atmosphere seems to evoke clouds of incense or the settling in of a dusky haze.

Maker(s)
Artist: Watanabe Seitei 渡辺省亭 (1851-1918)
Historical period(s)
Meiji era, 1877
Medium
Ink and color on silk
Dimensions
H x W (image): 180 x 112.5 cm (70 7/8 x 44 5/16 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F2000.1a-d
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Painting
Type

Hanging scroll

Keywords
bodhisattva, Buddhism, incense, Japan, kakemono, Meiji era (1868 - 1912), pigeon, temple, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Description

The scene is autumnal. Pigeons are variously comported in front of the main complex of building at Sensoji (Asakusa Kannon Temple) in Tokyo. The location is indicated in the inscription. Falling gingko leaves suggest the season. The atmosphere seems to evoke clouds of incense or the settling in of a dusky haze.

Inscription(s)

The work is signed in gold and dated using a peculiar system adopted by the Meiji government in which a national era called "Kigen" was inaugurated. The year corresponding to 600 BC was the "First Year of Kigen," thus, this painting created in 1877 bears the date Kigen 2,573. The artist's signature is rendered "Seitei Watanabe Yoshimata," presenting, in sequence, a studio name, family name and personal name.

Published References
  • Furuta Akiko. "評伝渡邊省亭 晴柳の影に." Hyōden Watanabe Seitei: Seiryū no kage ni. Japan. Plate 2.
  • Ellen P. Conant, Steven D. Owyoung, J. Thomas Rimer. Nihonga: Trancending the Past: Japanese-Style Painting, 1868-1968. Exh. cat. St. Louis and Tokyo. .
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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