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Buson  

Japanese, 18th century, male.

Born 1716, in the village of Kema, near Osaka; died 1783.

Painter, draughtsman, illustrator, decorative artist. Landscapes, animals. Screens.

Nanga School.

Buson was one of the creators of the Nanga (literati) School. It was only at the beginning of the 17th century that the ...

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Zhou Lijun

Work table used by Chinese literati painters and calligraphers. The most important items found on the scholar’s table are the wenfang si bao (four treasures of the scholar’s studio): the inkstone, inkstick, brush and paper (see China, People’s Republic of, §XIV, 4). In addition to the four treasures, the artist needed a variety of other utilitarian objects, such as brushpots, water holders, mixing dishes for the ink, an absorbant material to back Chinese paper and weights to hold the paper in position. The use of ink, brush and paper probably began in the Han period (...