Hiroshige… Japanese Tits and Kacho-e

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Hiroshige (1797-1858) Kacho-e of a Great-tit on a Plum Branch, 1830’s.

This is a very pretty print of a Japanese Great Tit called Parus minor, also known as the Oriental tit. Surprisingly, this inoffensive bird has been in the news this month and it seems  appropriate to feature the bird in our April series, A Print per Day. The species made headlines in March, when Suzuki reported in Nature Communications that they had found experimental evidence for compositional syntax in bird calls, marking the first such evidence for that type of syntax in nonhuman animals. This of course places the humble Oriental Tit above primates in human-like communication skills. The news, though minor made it into the mainstream news all over the world. Click on this link for a video that  explains the phenomenon in detail. The phrase Kacho-e refers to any woodblock print from Japan whose principle subject is birds or flowers – in this case we have both. The genre was tied up with various Buddhist ideas abour nature and contemplation, they are in the end, lovely things. This print is by Hiroshige, it is very beautiful, very rare… a genuine work of art of museum quality and available to own from the Toshidama Gallery for less than £500.

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Japanese Tit. (Parus minor)

 

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Toshidama Gallery sells original nineteenth century Japanese woodblock prints. We source our prints from around the world and only stock original, authenticated works of museum quality.
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