The Hawk with Talent Hides its Talons

nou aru taka wa tsume wo kakusu

12 1/4″ W x 43″ H Japanese Scroll
by Master Japanese Calligrapher Eri Takase


The Hawk with Talent Hides its Talons in Japanese is 能ある鷹は爪を隠す which is read nou aru taka wa tsume wo kakusu

Jeffrey’s Dictionary has the meaning as “a wise man keeps some of his talents in reserve; one shouldn’t show off; the person who knows most often says least”. In Even Monkeys Fall from Trees: The Wit and Wisdom of Japanese Proverbs (Vol 1) style= by David Galef the author translates this as “A clever hawk hides its claws” and equates it with the saying “He who knows most speaks least”.

Translations You Can Trust: We want you to be as happy with the Japanese translation as you are with Master Takase’s beautiful art. So we have made it easy to confirm the translation for yourself by simply clicking on The Hawk with Talent Hides its Talons (nou aru taka wa tsume wo kakusu) which links to the independent Jeffrey’s Japanese English Dictionary.

About The Art: This beautiful hand brushed scroll by Master Takase is personally created at the time of your order and proudly bears her seal and signature. We exclusively import this high-quality scroll with brown silk borders and fine Japanese paper from one of the finest scroll makers in Nara Japan. This is not a print but is hand brushed to match the sample as closely as possible. This is a personal work of art that is designed to last generations.

Delivery: The scroll is completed and shipped within 1-3 business days and arrives ready to display.