Golden lion with gently curving tail and arched back. Each foot is capped with three intimidating claw-like nails. The lion is oriented as if stalking from left to right, but the head turns back inward towards the center, with a downward flowing mane.
Lion scabbard ornament attached to the handle of the sword (1973/2.87).
Snow falls during a night scene in Ueno Park, located in the Tokyo area. Weary, snow-heavy travelers trek through the scene. One may be heading into a shop to have something warm to eat, while the other heads towards a small bridge and a red torii gate topped with snow. A pine tree arches in from the left corner and arches over the scene, framing the park against the gray, snow-dotted sky.
Takahashi Hiroaki worked in concert with the prolific twentieth century publisher of woodblock prints Watanabe Shôzaburo (1885-1962). His poetic and often times nostalgic landscape prints, very much following Edo period print master Andô Hiroshige’s foot prints (whose works are also shown in the gallery), have been highly sought after by collectors in Europe and North America.
Takahashi was trained in Japanese style painting (Nihonga), and dedicated much of his time to paintings for exhibitions and illustrations for scientific publications. Takahashi’s work attempts to capture the essence of Japanese culture and everyday life.