female figure soaring through clouds with long, trailing green sash; short wooden wand in each hand; strings of beads wafting around waist

Flying Celestial, second half 17th century

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A celestial being appears before a rolling bank of clouds, her robes and sashes fluttering in the wind. Although she flies alone, such celestials typically appear in groups, gliding through the air in the vicinity of a buddha, such as Amida (Sanskrit: Amitābha), the Buddha of Boundless Light. The artist Kiyohara Yukinobu was a grandniece of Kano Tan’yū (1602–74), a master of the great Kano house of painters. Her delicate handling of the brush and subtle application of color and gold, apparent in the figure’s flowing robes, is consistent with the style of her great-uncle.

Exhibitions
Details
Title
Flying Celestial
Artist Life
1643 - 1682
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2015.79.70
Catalogue Raisonne
Murase, Art through a Lifetime, no. 158
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female figure soaring through clouds with long, trailing green sash; short wooden wand in each hand; strings of beads wafting around waist