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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2013.55
People
Unknown Artist
Traditionally attributed to Kano Sansetsu 狩野山雪, Japanese (Hizen province 1590 - 1651)
Title
Two White Herons in Snow-Covered Willow
Classification
Paintings
Work Type
screen, painting
Date
17th-18th century
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, Japan
Period
Edo period, 1615-1868
Culture
Japanese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/211587
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Two-panel folding screen: ink and colors on gold paper
Dimensions
painting proper: H. 51.7 x W. 167 cm (20 3/8 x 65 3/4 in.)
frame: H. 54.6 x W. 171 cm (21 1/2 x 67 5/16 in.)
Provenance
Louis V. Ledoux Collection, New York (by 1948), by descent; to his son L. Pierre Ledoux, New York (1948-2001), by inheritance; to his widow Joan F. Ledoux, New York, (2001-2013), gift; to Harvard Art Museums, 2013.

Footnotes:
1. Louis V. Ledoux (1880-1948)
2. L. Pierre Ledoux (1912-2001)
3. On long term loan to Harvard Art Museums from 1981 to 2013.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, The Louis V. Ledoux Collection; Gift of Mrs. L. Pierre Ledoux in memory of her husband
Accession Year
2013
Object Number
2013.55
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
In this two-panel folding screen a pair of white herons stands huddled together atop the thick trunk of a snow-laden willow tree. Executed in ink and white pigments on an otherwise unembellished gold ground, one heron bends its neck downward, while the other gazes far into the distance. The painted imagery is concentrated on the screen’s left panel, with only a few willow branches stretching into the visual field of the right panel. The work is unsigned.

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