Japanese Paintings and Prints

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  • Japanese Paintings and PrintsAuthor(s): Lionel BierSource: The British Museum Quarterly, Vol. 2, No. 3 (Dec., 1927), p. 66Published by: British MuseumStable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4420862 .Accessed: 28/06/2014 08:47

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  • A.D. 118 5, in which the Taira clan were finally defeated by the Minamoto. The painter, who seems to be one of the Torii family, identified tentatively by Mr. Morrison as Torii Kiyotada (about A.D. 1700), has followed the style of the great battle-painters of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries and portrays the scenes of this fierce land-and-sea fight with amazing vigour. L.B.

    41. JAPANESE PAINTINGS AND PRINTS.

    IN October the Oriental Sub-Department acquired by purchase two Japanese paintings. One of these, a group at a music-party, is

    by Suketada (1706-62), the son of Sukenobu, the famous designer of picture-books, and is partly adapted from the so-called Hikone screen, one of the earliest masterpieces of the Ukiyo-ye school. The other, a 'Girl on a buffalo by the sea-shore', is by Toyokuni. At the same time were purchased five Japanese colour-prints, of which the most remarkable are a 'Mother and Child with toy-snake' by Tamagawa Shfich6, a quite exceptionally fine example of this artist; 'Girls catching Butterflies', in long surimono form, a charming print in a fine state of preservation, by Shunman; and 'Two Girls and a Youth outside a tea-house', a very distinguished design in reticent colour, by Shuncha. 'An interior, with girl and samurai', unsigned, but probably an early work by Kiyonaga; and a fine impression of one of the early tanzaku prints by Hiroshige, 'Boat and Bursting Rocket', complete the group. L. B.

    42. A TREASURE TROVE HOARD FROM WESTERHAM.

    A SMALL hoard of 14 gold coins deposited in a hollow flint at the close of the second century B.c. was recently dug up on the Squerries Estate near Westerham, Kent. Two of the coins are Gaulish, of the Bellovaci and Atrebates, the remaining twelve are of the type derived from the Atrebatic staters, which was probably struck on this side of the Channel and perhaps represents the earliest native coinage of Britain. A generous gift towards the purchase of these coins has been made by John O'Brien Warde, Esq., the owner of Squerries Estate, who has thus enabled the Museum to retain the interesting little hoard complete. Though the coins are in design barbarous, with conventionalized patterns widely remote from their

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    Article Contentsp. 66

    Issue Table of ContentsThe British Museum Quarterly, Vol. 2, No. 3 (Dec., 1927), pp. 59-82Front MatterTwo Rare Greek Coins: Deposit by Mrs. Allatini [pp. 59]Cyzicus and the Anti-Spartan League [pp. 59-60]The Order of the Mausoleum [pp. 60-61]A Greek Helmet of the Fifth Century B.C. [pp. 61-62]Two Roman Finger-Rings [pp. 62-63]Egyptian Acquisitions [pp. 63-64]A Series of Japanese Mirrors [pp. 64-65]Japanese Screens [pp. 65-66]Japanese Paintings and Prints [p. 66]A Treasure Trove Hoard from Westerham [pp. 66-67]Early Printed Books [pp. 67-68]The Hispanic Society of America [p. 68]Accessions in English Literature [pp. 68-69]'La France l'Empire Britannique' [p. 69]Elizabethan Manuscripts [pp. 69]Elizabethan Manuscripts [pp. 69-70]Greek Papyri [pp. 70-71]British Museum Expedition to British Honduras, 1927 [pp. 71-74]Engraved Portraits from the Alfred Morrison Collection [pp. 74-76]Stone Buddhist Carving from Cambodia [pp. 76]Greenshields Gift of Oriental MSS [pp. 76-77]Laboratory Notes: The Preservation of Book-Bindings [pp. 77-78]Exhibition of Manuscripts and Printed Books Illustrating the History of Agriculture [p. 79]Recent Publications [pp. 79-82]Note [p. 82]Back Matter