ARTIST : Mochizuki Kinpo (1846-1915) was an Osaka born Nihonga artist. He first studied with the Maruyama school and then with the Shijo school under Nishiyama Kanei. He exhibited with a number of different groups during the early Meiji era and went on to serve as a Juror for the National Bunten exhibitions from 1908. Badgers, or tanuki, were his specialty.
AGE : late Meiji
SIZE : The image measures 50'' by 20'' (126 cm by 50 cm). The scroll measures 84'' by 26'' (214 cm by 66 cm).
DESCRIPTION : A young Japanese black bear padding across a snow covered mountain. A rarity in Japanese painting, the Japanese black bear, whilst being relatively populous on the main island of Honshu, spends its time in the upper mountains quite detached from the general Japanese lowland population and as such was never integrated into mainstream literature and art.
TECHNIQUE : ink on silk
CONDITION : It is in good to very good condition and presents very nicely.