A 19th Century Depiction of Swallows #3: Hand Painted
late nineteenth century
9 1/2" x 13", 24 cm x 33 cm
This is page showing a pair of beautifully rendered brushed ink Japanese swallows, or tsubame flying near a willow tree.
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 two red throated swallows against a background suggestive of a budding weeping willow--just gorgeous.