Important Cultural PropertyFlowers and Insects

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  • Two hanging scrolls
  • Kyoto National Museum
  • A甲810

Depicted on the right hanging scroll is a butterfly desperately clinging to a peony blown by a strong gust of wind in daylight. On the left scroll are chrysanthemums with closed-wing butterflies and grasshoppers, above which flies a bat. The scenery captures a field in the evening hour with the butterflies resting and the grasshoppers. A closer look reveals a swarm of mosquitoes surrounding the bat that holds a mosquito in its mouth. This masterpiece of plants and insects skilfully balances the decorative composition and realistic depiction of contrasting the seasons and times.

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