Sparrows and Bamboo

Sparrows and Bamboo

mid- to late 1500s


Shiken Saidō 子建 西堂 (是庵)

(Japanese, 1486–1581)


calligraphy by Ekkei Reikaku

(Japanese, d. 1609)

Hanging scroll; ink on paper

Mounted: 115 x 51.6 cm (45 1/4 x 20 5/16 in.)

Gift from the Collection of George Gund III 2015.457



Shiken Saidō, whose style name was Ze'an, was a Zen monk who trained at Shōkokuji temple in Kyoto, and designed the garden of Reiun’in at Myōshinji temple. He painted landscapes in the style of painter and art advisor to the shogun, Sōami (died 1525), as well as bird-and-flower compositions. A poetic inscription by the monk Ekkei Reikaku accompanies this gentle composition of two sparrows perched on bamboo.

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