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No Footprints Show Where Flowers Are Deep

Munakata Shikō, Japanese, 1903 - 1975

Geography:
Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America

Period:
Shōwa Period (1926-1989)

Date:
1959

Medium:
Ink on paper; mounted as a hanging scroll

Dimensions:
53 x 13 3/4 inches (134.6 x 34.9cm)

Copyright:
Research inconclusive. Copyright may apply.

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1974-179-5

Credit Line:
Gift of Carl Zigrosser, 1974

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Label:
The six characters on this hanging scroll translate as “no footprints show where flowers are deep.” The thick, almost abstract lines of the calligraphy seem to burst beyond the surface of the paper, and were executed with slashing strokes of the brush in a furious burst of speed and with the intense concentration and power that distinguished Munakata's work.