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21. Nakajima Kahô (1866-1939)
Maruyama Japanese
Tsubame - Swallow
Signed: Kyorai ku Kahô sha
Seals: Kahô
Technique: sumi and touches of red 30,3 x 31
Mounting: decorated paper and pink paper
wooden rollers, 124 x 41,5
Condition: horizontal crease, otherwise good

The haiku by Kyorai (1651-1704) reads:
あそぶともゆくともしらぬ燕かな 去来句

Asobu to mo yuku to mo shiranu tsubame kana.

Just playing around?
Or going somewhere?
It’s unclear – the swallow.

Kahô was born in Kyôto, son of the painter Nakajima Kayô (?-1877), a pupil of Yokoyama Kazan (1784-1837). Kahô studied painting under Mori Kansai (1814-92) and calligraphy with his brother-in-law Tomioka Tessai (1836-1924), who was married to his sister Tatsu. He studied haiga works by Kikaku, Buson and Gekkei, but developed his own distinctive style.
. He participated in a lot of exhibitions, including the World Exhibition in Chicago in 1893.

Oranda Jin 2012
Araki p. 2030
Berry & Morioka ‘08 p. 285
Haiku & Haiga p. 195
Berry '01 pp. 176-177

Price: EUR 650 / USD 708