In Praise of Flower Hunting

A work made of woodblock prints mounted as a hanging scroll.

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  • A work made of woodblock prints mounted as a hanging scroll.

Date:

1954

Artist:

Munakata Shiko
Japanese, 1903-1975

About this artwork

Inspired by a photograph of a hunting-scene mural in Jilin Province, China, as well as by a Japanese ritual in which flowers are used as symbolic arrows, Munakata Shiko created this single large image made from 14 blocks. The hunters here are armed with flowers because, according to the artist, they are hunting with their hearts in an effort to celebrate the existence of all creatures.

On View

Asian Art, Gallery 108

Artist

Munakata Shikô

Title

In Praise of Flower Hunting

Origin

Japan

Date

1949–1962

Medium

Woodblock prints mounted as a hanging scroll

Dimensions

150.5 x 169.4 cm (59.5 x 66 11/16 in.)

Credit Line

Anonymous Donor

Reference Number

1959.584

Extended information about this artwork

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