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本阿見光悦書・俵屋宗達下絵 桜下絵和歌色紙 鴨長明
Poem by Kamo no Chōmei with Underpainting of Cherry Blossoms

Artist:
Calligraphy by Hon'ami Kōetsu (Japanese, 1558–1637)
Artist:
Underpainting attributed to Tawaraya Sōtatsu (Japanese, died ca. 1640)
Period:
Momoyama period (1573–1615)
Date:
dated 1606
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Poem card (shikishi) mounted as a hanging scroll; ink, gold, and silver on paper
Dimensions:
Overall: 7 15/16 x 7in. (20.2 x 17.8cm) Overall with mounting: 53 x 14 3/4 in. (134.6 x 37.5 cm) Overall with knobs: 53 x 16 1/2 in. (134.6 x 41.9 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
The Harry G. C. Packard Collection of Asian Art, Gift of Harry G. C. Packard, and Purchase, Fletcher, Rogers, Harris Brisbane Dick, and Louis V. Bell Funds, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, and The Annenberg Fund Inc. Gift, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.268.59
Not on view
Nagamureba ni
mono omou aki ni
mata waga mi
hitotsu no mine no
matsu kaze

Gazing into the distance,
in a melancholy autumn mood,
is it for me alone that winds
howl through boughs of pines
on that solitary peak?

—Trans. John T. Carpenter

This poem page is one of the earliest verifiable works by the influential calligrapher Hon’ami Kōetsu. The poem, included in the anthology New Collection of Ancient and Modern Poems (Shin kokin wakashū), is by the monk-poet Kamo no Chōmei (1153–1216), who was famous for his poems on cherry blossoms. Kōetsu and Tawaraya Sōtatsu produced many similar works on both individual sheets and handscrolls. Rarely do background motifs have any semantic or symbolic connection to the poems they accompany. Here, however, Kōetsu responded with élan to the decorated handscrolls and shikishi that Sōtatsu’s studio presented him to write upon.
#8900. Poem from the Shin kokin wakashū Collection
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Marking: Dated: Keicho 11.11.11.
New York. Japan Society Gallery. "Japanese Calligraphy from Western Collections," October 4, 1984–January 6, 1985.

Kansas City. Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. "Japanese Calligraphy from Western Collections," February 15, 1985–March 31, 1985.

Seattle Art Museum. "Japanese Calligraphy from Western Collections," May 9, 1985–July 14, 1985.

New Haven. Yale University Art Gallery. "Word in Flower: The Visualization of Classical Literature in 17th Century Japan," September 22, 1989–November 12, 1989.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of Japan," 1995.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Seasonal Pleasures in Japanese Art (Part One)," October 12, 1995–April 28, 1996.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Resonant Image: Tradition in Japanese Art (Part Two)," April 27, 1998–September 27, 1998.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of Japan," 1999.

Philadelphia Museum of Art. "The Arts of Hon'ami Koetsu, Japanese Renaissance Master," July 28, 2000–October 29, 2000.

National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. "Rimpa," August 21, 2004–October 3, 2004.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Sensitivity to the Seasons: Spring and Summer," December 17, 2005–June 4, 2006.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Poetry and Travel in Japanese Art," December 18, 2008–May 31, 2009.

Washington , DC. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. "Sōtatsu: Making Waves," October 24, 2015–January 31, 2016.

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