Narihide 成秀

(Japanese, active 1500s)

Hanging scroll; ink on paper

Mounted: 167 x 39.9 cm (65 3/4 x 15 11/16 in.)

Gift from the Collection of George Gund III 2015.470



This composition includes imagery from the Eight Views of the Xiao and Xiang Rivers. Scanning the composition from top to bottom, at least six of the views are discernible: night rain over Xiao and Xiang, evening bell from a mist-shrouded temple, returning sails off a distant shore, geese descending to a sandbar, mountain village in clearing mist, and sunset glow over a fishing village. Inside the painting’s box is a document with a long inscription by prominent calligrapher, collector, and connoisseur Maeda Kōsetsu (1841–1916) discussing the painting’s subject and the matter of the painter’s biography—he appears to have been a Kano school artist, but his precise identity is unclear.

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