A beautiful example of an album leaf (here mounted on a hanging scroll) painted by Kodojin. Albums in the shape of folded books with paintings on its pages originated in Ming-Dynasty China. In Japan they became a popular format during the Edo period. The generic term is Gajo. In most cases painted album leaves were gifts offered to friends or patrons.
Flowing water leaves no trace,
Blossoms, like clouds, have their own mind.
Fukuda Kodojin (1865-1944)
Ink on paper
25.3 x 37.2 (10 x 14 1/2 in.)
Mounting 115.5 x 39.5 cm (45 1/2 x 15 1/2 in.)