Takada Ryozan, colored and gold plate with distant view of Itsukushima Shrine

explanation of work

Itsukushima Shrine in Hiroshima Prefecture is drawn on a large plate (platter) using a bird’s-eye view. As for the pictures of Itsukushima Shrine, “Itsukushima Folding Screens” and “Itsukushima Pictures” were drawn since the Edo period, also the tourist information maps by a bird’s-eye view were issued even after the Meiji period. The Itsukushima picture by Takada Ryozan looks like famous place picture, and when looking at both of the front and back, it seems to be looking at a tourist information map of Itsukushima Shrine. This work is rare in the Meiji kutani.

size ; diameter about 45.5 cm height about 7.7 cm

In the center, famous places and specialties of Itsukushima Shrine are clearly drawn, such as the main shrine, the large torii gate on the sea, the Mikasa Beach, Toyokuni Shrine, the five-storied pagoda, the shrine’s office, Nishi-no-Matsubara (west pine forest), the stone lantern, the flock of deer, etc. It is exactly a tourist information map.

Inspired by Kasama Chikusetsu (also famous as a painter) and Ishida Ichigo, who had exchanges with Takada, it is probable the Takada realistically expressed the landscape rather than the utopia seen in the Chinese mountain and waters.

From the left side to the upper side of the center, Toyokuni Shrine and the five-storied pagoda are clearly drawn, and “Miyajima in Spring” with cherry blossoms blooming around it is drawn using the technique of fine dots. And on the back, the blooming chrysanthemum flowers and red-dyed maple leaves are drawn, and his painting seems to be also guiding “Itsukushima and Miyajima in Autumn”.

The back name is written as “in kutani / made by Doi / painted by Takada”. Other is also “Kutani / Made by Takada”.

creator of the work

About the creator of the work, please search for “Takada Ryozan, his works and history“.


reference No. 1809132
date of exhibition January 19, 2020
price sold out