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Gallery Text

Taiga was one of the most accomplished of Japan’s early literati painters. Mountain Hut visualizes scholarly reclusion: a solitary figure sits in a thatched cottage in a secluded valley, admiring the white blossoms of a plum tree in early spring. Below, an attendant prepares tea, and outside a potted orchid and incense burner sit on a rough-hewn table, completing the accoutrements of a cultivated Chinese gentleman.

Identification and Creation
Object Number
Ike Taiga (Ikeno Taiga), Japanese (Kyoto 1723 - 1776)
Mountain Hut and Scholar Viewing Plum Blossoms
Work Type
hanging scroll, painting
1771 (Meiwa 8)
Creation Place: East Asia, Japan
Edo period, 1615-1868
Persistent Link
Level 3, Room 3500, Special Exhibitions Gallery
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Physical Descriptions
Hanging scroll; ink and light color on paper
painting proper: H. 125.2 × W. 59 cm (49 5/16 × 23 1/4 in.)
overall mounting, including roller ends and suspension cord: H. 214.6 × W. 83.7 cm (84 1/2 × 32 15/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: Shin u chu ka Mumei sha
  • seal: right, oblong: Zenshin Sōma Hō Kyūkō
  • seal: upper left, square: Ike Mumei in
  • seal: bottom left, square: Sangaku Dōja
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Promised gift of Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art
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Publication History

Musée Cernuschi, Le Japon au fil des saisons: Collection Robert et Betsy Feinberg, exh. cat., Paris-Musées (Paris, 2014), pp. 106-107

Exhibition History

Ike Taiga and Tokuyama Gyokuran: Japanese Masters of the Brush, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, 04/29/2007 - 07/22/2007

32Q: 2600 East Asian, Japanese, Chinese and Korean, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 12/01/2016 - 06/09/2017

Painting Edo: Japanese Art from the Feinberg Collection, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 02/14/2020 - 07/18/2021

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