A 19th Century Depiction of Swallows #1: Hand Painted
late nineteenth century
9 1/2" x 13", 24 cm x 33 cm
This is page of beautifully rendered brushed ink studies of the Japanese swallow, or tsubame.
The tsubame is a design motif that appears fairly regularly in Japan; it is a beautiful and lyrical bird that is a symbol of spring--they are yearly migrants to Japan, arriving during this season.
This deft rendering shows seven swallows seen from different points of view and assuming different positions of flight. The casual, unarranged positioning of these birds is just lovely, and shows this drawing to be the study it is.