Literati in a Landscape, Kishi Ganku, c. 1800 - c. 1830
Chinese scholar painting found a following in Japan. This diptych represents the ideal of the Chinese scholar who devoted himself to the arts in quiet seclusion. In a spring and summer landscape scholars gaze at the moon and seek the coolness of a stream. Befitting the Chinese theme, the figures drink tea in the Chinese manner: tea steeped from loose leaves and served in Chinese style ceramics.