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Mitani Toshuku Asian Art and Furniture

MITANI TOSHUKU (JAPAN, 1577–1654)

Mitani Toshuku was an early artist of the Unkoku School. Founded by Unkoku Togan (1547–1618), a master of the Momoyama period, the Unkoku school enjoyed long-lasting patronage in southern Japan. Togan was a retainer of the Mori family in the present-day Yamaguchi prefecture. Members of the school considered themselves to be in the artistic lineage of Sesshu Toyo. Although he did not use the Unkoku name, Mitani Toshuku was a prominent member of the school. He painted in a manner very similar to his master, Togan, and specialized in painting falcons. Toshuku’s falcons were famous within the Mori domain and were given the name Mitani Falcons. These paintings embody the solemn and dignified atmosphere typical of the Unkoku school, particularly evident with early Unkoku painters. The primary medium of ink is enhanced with limited use of colors and go fun. The rocks and pine trees are modeled with chiaroscuro lending them dramatic three-dimensional forms. The feathers of the dark falcons are intricately detailed, contrasting sharply with the white falcons, which are presented in loosely outlined silhouettes. These paintings are comparable to a well-known set of twelve hawk paintings by Mitani Toshuku, which were first recorded in 1899 by the National Research Institute for Cultural Properties in Tokyo.

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Japanese Painting, Framed Panel, 17th Century Falcon by Mitani Toshuku
By Mitani Toshuku
Located in Kyoto, JP
Mitani Toshuku (1577-1654) “Falcon” Wall panel, ink and light color on paper. Upper seal: Mitani Lower seal: Toshuku Dimensions: Each: 118.5 cm x 51 cm x 2 cm (46.5” x 20” x .7...
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Early 17th Century Japanese Edo Antique Mitani Toshuku Asian Art and Furniture

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17th century Japanese Falcon Painting, Mitani Toshuku, Unkoku School
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Early 17th Century Japanese Edo Antique Mitani Toshuku Asian Art and Furniture

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Japanese Painting, Framed Panel, 17th Century Falcon by Mitani Toshuku
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Japanese Painting, Framed Panel, 17th Century Falcon by Mitani Toshuku
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