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Starlings and Hanging White Plum (Oriental Art) - Rakusan Tsuchiya - Framed Plate - 12"H x 16"W


Starlings and Hanging White Plum (Oriental Art) - Rakusan Tsuchiya - Framed Plate - 12"H x 16"W

Rakusan Tsuchiya (Born Kouzou Tsuchiya) was a Japanese artist. He had other "artist names" which included Rakuzan Koushisei, Koushisei, Rakusan, Rakuzan.

He is known for his beautiful and refined nature studies and he studied under the great Kyoto artist Seiho Takeuchi.

Starlings are small to medium-sized passerine birds in the family Sturnidae. The name "Sturnidae" comes from the Latin word for starling, sturnus. Many Asian species, particularly the larger ones, are called mynas.

Starlings have diverse and complex vocalizations and have been known to embed sounds from their surroundings into their own calls, including car alarms and human speech patterns. The birds can recognize particular individuals by their calls and are currently the subject of research into the evolution of human language.


A plum is a fruit of the subgenus Prunus of the genus Prunus.

Plums may have been one of the first fruits domesticated by humans. Three of the most abundant cultivars are not found in the wild, only around human settlements

The fruit Prunus armeniaca gained its name from the beliefs of Pliny the Elder, who maintained the apricot was a kind of a plum, and had originally come from Armenia. This is supported a 6,000-year-old apricot pit found in an archaeological site near Yerevan. However Apricots were cultivated in Mesopotamia, and it was known as armanu in the Akkadian language, but this did not refer to Armenia as that is not the name by which that geographic region was known in the Akkadian language. It is likely that Pliny's explanation is a folk etymology based on the similarity between the Mesopotamian name for the fruit and the Latin name for Armenia.

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