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Two Ducks in a Stream

Murase Sôseki

Artwork Details

Two Ducks in a Stream
2nd half of 19th century
Murase Sôseki
color woodblock print on paper
13 1/2 in x 7 3/8 in (34.29 cm x 18.73 cm);19 1/4 in x 14 1/4 in (48.89 cm x 36.2 cm);16 1/8 in x 8 11/16 in (40.96 cm x 22.07 cm)
Museum Purchase
1930.69

On Display

Not currently on display

Description

Subject Matter:

Ducks are a symbol of eternal love in Japanese culture. Bird and plant paintings were a popular subject of many art pieces in Japan. The angle, though, is unconventional. 

Physical Description:

This woodblock shows two ducks in a river with plants. The print is off-kilter with the left side being much lower than the right. The water is blue with ripples created by the ducks. One duck sits atop the water while the one behind it dives its head into the stream. The plant emerges from the upper left. There is a signature on the bottom right and a red seal that is below and slightly to the left. 

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