Kawanabe Kyôsai (Gyôsai), Japanese ( 1831 - 1889) Crow on Plum Branch in Rain Classification Prints Work Type print Places Creation Place: East Asia, Japan Period Edo period, 1615-1868 Culture Japanese Medium Ink on paper Dimensions Paper: H. 38.5 cm x W. 26.7 cm (15 3/16 x 10 1/2 in.) Acquisition and Rights Credit Line Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of the Friends of Arthur B. Duel Accession Year 1933 Object Number 1933.4.528 Division Asian and Mediterranean Art
The striking black color of the crow represents the color of creation. It is the womb out of which the new comes into existence. Black is the color of the night, giving birth to the light of a new day.