mounted fan painting: man in white robe holding a calligraphy brush up to the side of a small cliff or rock formation covered with foliage; shorter man behind him leans over a rock, looking on; ivory roller ends

Hanshan and Shide, mid 16th century

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Kanzan (Chinese: Hanshan) and Jittoku (Ch.: Shide), a pair of ninth-century Chinese monk-poets, almost always appear together in Japanese painting. In this composition—based on a work by thirteenth-century Chinese painter Muqi Fachang that later became a stock image for Japanese painters affiliated with the Kano House—Jittoku is depicted at right grinding ink for his friend Kanzan, who uses the prepared ink to brush a poem on the wall of a cave at left.

Although now mounted on a hanging scroll, this painting was once used as an elegant folding fan. The vertical creases apparent across the paper surface were created by the fan’s wooden ribs.

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Title
Hanshan and Shide
Artist Life
c. 1513 - 1575
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2015.79.59
Catalogue Raisonne
Murase, Art through a Lifetime, no. 133
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mounted fan painting: man in white robe holding a calligraphy brush up to the side of a small cliff or rock formation covered with foliage; shorter man behind him leans over a rock, looking on; ivory roller ends