Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
H. 10 in. (25.4 cm); W. 7 5/ 16 in. (18.6 cm)
Gift of Estate of Samuel Isham, 1914
Not on view
An empress standing on the palace veranda watches peasants harvesting rice while a girl seated nearby plays with a black dog. Above is a famous ode attributed to the seventh-century emperor Tenji, the first in the collection known as the "Hyakunin Isshu" ("One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets"):
Aki no ta no kriho no io no toma o arami Waga koromode wa tsuyu ni nure tsutsu.
The thatch is ragged in the hut where I watch the autumn rice fields. Dew has drenched my sleeves.
Signature: Signature probably trimmed off, as this print is usually