Plaque with Mount Horai and Cranes

Plaque with Mount Horai and Cranes

about 1920-1940
Artist
Tsuishu Yozei XX, 1880-1952
Country
Japan
plaque
lacquer and gold on wood
Gift of Jeffery Cline and William Knospe
2011.240
Tsuishu Yozei XX. Plaque with Mount Horai and Cranes. about 1920-1940. lacquer and gold on wood. Gift of Jeffery Cline and William Knospe. 2011.240.
Dimensions
diameter: 27.5 in, 69.8500 cm; depth: 1 in, 2.5400 cm
Department
Asian
Collection
Asian
Plaque with Mount Horai and Cranes by Tsuishu Yozei XX (Tsuishu Toyogoro), (1880-1952) Japan, Kyoto about 1920-1940, late Taisho-early Showa period Lacquer and gold on wood Gift of Jeffrey Cline and William Knospe 2011.240 Tsuishu Yozei XX created this image of Mount Hōrai with the carved lacquer (choshitsu) technique employed by his family since the 1300s. He built up a thick substrate of colored lacquer then carved through the hundreds of layers to create a design in high relief, revealing the different colors of lacquer at varying depths. The auspicious subject of the plaque would be familiar to most Japanese. The artist combined Mount Horai, the mythical island of the immortals, and cranes, symbols of good fortune and longevity.
Known Provenance
2011, DAM collection, gift of Jeffery Cline and William Knospe