Ashmolean Museum Oxford

Cranes & Wisteria Scarf


This scarf, made of silk habotai, showcases a design inspired by a Japanese wall hanging created by Suzuki Shonen. The image features red-crowned cranes (Grus japonensis), known as the Manchurian crane or Japanese crane, surrounded by wisteria fronds and a type of stiff evergreen known as a cycad.

Together with his father, Suzuki Hyakunen, Shonen was one of the leading painters active in Kyoto during the Meiji period (1868-1912). Held in high esteem he was often compared to Soga Shōhaku (1730-1781), both being somewhat radical and swashbuckling for their time.

The wall hanging forms part of the collection of the Ashmolean Museum and was presented to the museum by Sir Herbert Ingram (1811-1860).

Materials: 100% habotai Silk

Dimensions: 180 x 52cm