Eight Views of the Xiao-Xiang Region (Shōshō Hakkei) Artist, attributed to: Kanō Motonobu (Japanese, 1476–1559)

first half 16th century

Asian Art

The Eight Views of the Xiao-Xiang Region was a well-established subject imported from China long before the artist created this version. Traditionally, depictions of Chinese river scenes were rendered as a series of eight separate paintings. For this painting, the artist blended the eight views from different seasons and times of day into the same painting, creating a new Japanese style. This harmonious blending is characteristic of Japanese art; unlike Chinese paintings that emphasize the integrity of the individual scene, Japanese scrolls often evoke the Zen idea of multiplicity distilled in a single work. Scrolls like this one would have been admired at places such as temples and wabi tea ceremonies.


Hanging scroll: ink on paper; with ivory rollers


without mounting: 17 15/16 × 28 15/16 in. (45.5 × 73.5 cm)
with mounting: 56 11/16 × 34 9/16 in. (144 × 87.8 cm)
with rollers: 36 7/8 in. (93.7 cm)

Credit Line

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr., Class of 1913, Fund

Accession Number



Muromachi period (1336–1573)


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Suzanne Mitchell Asian Fine Arts, New York; purchased in 2001 by the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.
  • Sadako Ohki and Takeshi Watanabe, Tea Culture of Japan (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2009), 86, no. 20, ill
  • Sadako Ohki, "What Makes Japanese Painting Japanese," Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2007), 72–74, 79–81, fig. 4, 5
  • Sadako Ohki, "Japanese Art at Yale," Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2007), 41
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伝狩野元信 湘瀟八景 紙本墨画掛幅 室町時代


No signature but a Motonobu seal in urn shape on the right.

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