Katsushika Hokusai, 1760- 1849, Mystical Bird by Katsushika Hokusai, ca.1820-33
- 100% Silk
- Hand Rolled
- Designed and Printed in Britain
- 42cm x 42cm
This print, by Katsushika Hokusai, depicts a mystical Buddhist bird (called Karyōbinga in Japanese) which is characterised by a bird's torso and a female human head. She is playing a flute, and the legend says that one can never tire of listening to the creature's heavenly music. It belongs to the Ukiyo-e genre, which emerged in Japan in the 17th through 19th centuries. It means pictures of the floating world. Different techniques were used, such as manual print on hand-made paper using woodblocks, or more classic paintings. The subjects were wide, but included female figures, landscapes, and sumo wrestlers and were often inspired by legends.
Katsushika Hokusai (1760- 1849), known as Hokusai, was a Japanese artist widely known for The Great Wave off Kanagawa. He belonged to the ukiyo-e genre, but is responsible for its evolution from arts focused on courtesans, samurais, and actors, to a much broader genre, including landscapes, plants, and animals. To this day, Hokusai is considered one of the greatest masters in the history of art, producing over 30 000 works of arts throughout his career.
The colours of this pocket square are vibrant, while the simple border puts the focus on the painting itself.
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