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Maker(s):Tsuchiya Rakusan
Culture:Japanese (1896-1976)
Title:Spatterdock and Snipe (Early Summer)
Date Made:1929-1933
Materials:woodblock print with color and gold leaf added
Measurements:Sheet: 18 1/4 in x 24 1/16 in; 46.4 cm x 61.1 cm; Block: 13 1/4 in x 18 3/4 in; 33.7 cm x 47.6 cm
Accession Number:  AC 1942.44.a
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. Stanley King (Margaret Pinckney)
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

AD))): This print captures a water landscape with water plants known as spatterdock. The plant has round, heart-shaped floating leaves scattered around the image. The leaves are dark and light green. One decaying leaf is spotted on the side of the bird, which is the focal point of the image. Small yellow flowers and buds can be seen. The artist also depicts the plant roots in the water. The water is shaded in a brownish clay color. The artist renders the surface of the water with floating leaves and its depth with the plant roots.
In the foreground, a bird called snipe is flying with its wings outspread. The water surface reflects the bird’s flying shadow. The artist details the intricate feathers with a palette of black, brown, and beige colors accented with white lines. The heavy detailed bird stands out against the abstract descriptions of plants. (Mone Kawano '25)

birds; flowers; nature; summer; seasons; leaves; water

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