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Woodcut "Young man with falcon"
RKM 99-1958
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Choensai Eishin’s work displays all the hallmarks of the Japanese art of woodcuts. It is not only an example of superior craftsmanship and artistic skill, but is also a masterpiece of its genre. Per Dahlström, Curator, Röhsska Museum

History of the Object
Japanese woodcuts, or ukiyo-e, which signify a transient, swiftly-passing floating world, is a style of art developed during the Tokugawa shogunate 1603-1867, which reached its pinnacle between 1750 and 1850. The technique reached Japan from China as early as the eighth century and was first used to duplicate religious texts and images in books. It was not until the seventeenth century that woodcuts became an art form in their own right when they were liberated from their literary context and began to be published as individual folios. The Röhsska Museum has around 400 Japanese woodcuts in its collections, and around 50 are representative of artists from the early eighteenth to late nineteenth centuries. Shown here is a work by Choensai Eishin, who was a pupil of Eishi. The subject is a young aristocrat on a falcon hunt. Historically, falconry was common in places such as Mesopotamia, China, Japan, Persia, India and Arabia, and it was also a popular pastime of medieval western aristocracy. Hunting with falcons often takes place on horseback. When the desired quarry is sighted, the falcon is released and it soars high over its prey. Then comes the climax of the hunt; the lithe bird swoops and fells its victim.

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Type
Print 
Materials
Paper 
Measurements
22 x 36.5 cm 
Creator name
Choensai Eishin 
Creator date
Active circa 1800 
Where it was made
Japan 
Geography
Japan 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th Century; ca 1800 
Function
Art 
Acquisition
Source of acquisition unknown 
Copyright
The Röhsska Museum 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
The Röhsska Museum 
Museum
The Röhsska Museum, of Design, Fashion and Decorative Arts 
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