Dec 9, 2014
Dec 9, 2014

Dragon and Tiger

Dragon and Tiger

early to mid-1600s

Part of a set. See all set records

attributed to Soga Nichokuan 曽我二直庵


Pair of six-panel folding screens; ink, slight color, gold, and silver on paper

Overall: 173.4 x 377.2 cm (68 1/4 x 148 1/2 in.)

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1985.134



A tiger looks upon a waterfall as it prowls out of a bamboo grove, and a dragon dives through clouds on the right. Tiger and dragon are traditional symbols of the balancing forces in the world, yin (the feminine aspect) and yang (the masculine aspect). This painting has a signature and seals, identifying it as a work by Soga Nichokuan, a painter thought to be from Sakai (near Osaka), and known primarily for his representations of hawk-eagles (kumataka).

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