(Sparrow on a wisteria branch)
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Artist:   Bairei Ko_no  
Title:   (Sparrow on a wisteria branch)  
Date:   1859-1895  
Medium:   From a woodblock printed book; ink and color on paper  
Dimensions:   7 1/16 x 9 5/16 in. (18 x 23.6 cm) (image) 8 7/8 x 10 1/4 in. (22.5 x 26 cm) (sheet)  
Credit Line:   Gift of funds from Mr. and Mrs. Samuel H. Maslon  
Location:   Gallery Not on view  

Wisteria blooms in late spring and is one of the most beloved flowers in Japan. As a woody vine, it is often trained to cover arbors constructed in temples and shrines. The long, pendulous racemes hanging over these structures create a spectacular display. Here, the artist shows a spray of wisteria with a common sparrow, a sight one might enjoy while seated in an arbor. Køno Bairei, an artist whose artistic lineage descends from the great 18th century naturalist painter Maruyama Økyo (1733-95), depicted the sparrow and wisteria in astonishing detail.

Name:   Ko_no, Bairei  
Nationality:   Japanese  
Life Dates:   Japanese, 1844 - 1895  

Object Description  
Inscriptions:   Bairei seal in red "Published by Geisodo 1913" written on the mat.  
Classification:   Books  
Physical Description:   a page from "Bairei gafu," published by Unso_do_ (Scott Johnson)  
Creation Place:   Asia, Japan, , ,  
Accession #:   P.77.27.7  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts