The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures
Nature on View in the Scholars Studio
The aesthetic of the scholar studio is embodied in an acute appreciation for representations of the natural world in any form; from the subject of a painting in the alcove to the texture of the wood on the desk and the colors or deformities in the bamboo brush hanging from a piece of natural wood.
A profound influence from China, through the practice of Chinese style steeped tea (Sencha) and glorification of the Literati ideal of the Ming is part of the dual basis of Japans Scholar tradition. Equally important is an understanding and appreciation of natural degradation and the fleeting nature of existence espoused in the ideal of wabi-sabi and the world of Japanese Powdered Tea (Maccha). Behind both these concepts lies a basis in Zen (Chan) Buddhist precepts and Taoist/Confucianist Philosophy.
Stone. Wood. Earth. Grain. Texture. Form. All natural, imperfect, transient and unique.
This exhibition focuses on works collected by these various peoples over radically changing times, and I hope you will enjoy taking a peak through the window into the scholarís realm.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1930 item #1194533 (stock #ANR4235)
The Kura
A small 8 panel screen dated 1923 and titled ‚ÄúView from the tower of Ro-Jo‚ÄĚ. Rojo refers to Komatsu Castle, one of the principle dwellings in the powerful Kaga domain established by Maeda Toshitsune in modern day Komatsu city Ishikawa prefecture. The screen is painted in a contemporary (for the time) Nanga style using ink and light pigments on gold flaked paper. It is bordered simply in an austere lacquer wood frame...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1181547 (stock #ANR4177 )
The Kura
A huge three legged toad climbs the back of Gama, while Tekkai exhales his spirit on another journey through the timeless classics of Chinese liturgy, two paintings by Hara Zaizen. Mineral pigments on paper mounted on applied gold and bordered in fine silk with a lacquered wood frame. Each panel measures 94 x 170.5 cm (37 x 67 inches) and is in fine condition...