thin, tall bamboo sprigs at R in gray and black

Southern Mountain Bamboo, 1822


Ema Saikō, a leading literatus of her time, was particularly known for her bamboo paintings. In emulation of Chinese models, space and form are suggested through the layering of precise brush strokes in graded intensities of ink. The precision and crispness of her brushstrokes create a clean and well-ordered elegance despite the complexity of the composition. Although women were generally held a low position in Edo-period society, there were a number of prominent female artists, poets, and calligraphers.

Southern Mountain Bamboo
Artist Life
1787 - 1861
Accession Number
Curator Approved

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thin, tall bamboo sprigs at R in gray and black