Series TitleGroup of Fish
Miki Bunyru (Japanese, 1716-1799)
Mediumink, pigment on silk, scroll
DimensionsImage : 16 3/4 x 28 in. (42.55 x 71.12 cm)
Work : 50 x 30 x 1 1/2 in. (1.3 m x 76.2 cm x 3.81 cm)
Credit LineHope College Collection
LabelMiki Bunryu was associated with the Nagasaki school of painting, which absorbed elements from both Chinese and Dutch art during the 18th century. This realistic depiction of five different ocean fish reflects a growing interest in taxonomy among scholars and artists in Edo-period Japan. It also reflects a Zen Buddhist belief that we should be mindful of, and thankful for, the blessings and beauty of everyday life.