a page from "Bairei gafu," published by Unso_do_ (Scott Johnson)

(Sparrow on a wisteria branch), 1859-1895

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Wisteria blooms in late spring and is one of the most beloved flowers in Japan. As a woody vine, it is often trained to cover arbors constructed in temples and shrines. The long, pendulous racemes hanging over these structures create a spectacular display. Here, the artist shows a spray of wisteria with a common sparrow, a sight one might enjoy while seated in an arbor. Køno Bairei, an artist whose artistic lineage descends from the great 18th century naturalist painter Maruyama Økyo (1733-95), depicted the sparrow and wisteria in astonishing detail.

(Sparrow on a wisteria branch)
Artist Life
1844 - 1895
Accession Number
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a page from "Bairei gafu," published by Unso_do_ (Scott Johnson)