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Vegetables (Eggplants and Cucumber)


 Japanese Hanging Scroll

Vegetables (Eggplants and Cucumber)

by Takeuchi Seihō, undated

Dried Persimmons

IHL Cat. #861

About This Scroll

For the only, or perhaps just first, scroll in this collection, I chose a simple and playful motif by the artist Takeuchi Seihō, in an elegant mounting, of two small eggplants and a recently picked cucumber.

The Accoutrements

nestled in its custom box

cover inscription

Seiho hitsu yasai zu
Seiho's drawing of vegetables

inside cover inscription and seal

* Japanese art historian Lynn Katsumoto, kind enough to assist me in the translation of the inscription, in commenting on the word keikadai 桂華題, notes: "a genre or subject matter (dai) involving plants and flowers (kei being katsura or cinammon tree, also carries the sense of something in nature that is beautiful) and (ka being hana or flower, with the connotation of something gorgeous)."

Scroll Details

 IHL Catalog #861
 Title (description)
 Vegetables 野菜 (painting of eggplants and cucumber)
 Medium ink on paper with silk brocade and bone roller (jikuji)
 Takeuchi Seihō (1864-1942)
Box cover inscription (shown above) reads: 栖鳳筆野菜圖
Seiho hitsu yasai zu (Seiho's drawing of vegetables)

Takeuchi Seihō with unread seal
 inside of box lid
unread seal

 Seal as shown above
 Date undated - Late Meiji era to early Taisho era
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - some foxing in painting
 Miscellaneous scroll box (kiri-bako) - Paulownia wood 
 Genre nihonga
 Format hanging scroll (kakemono)
 H x W Scroll 49 3/4 x 21 1/4 in. (126.4 x 60.5 cm )
 H x W Painting
 Collections This Print not applicable
 Reference Literature