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松花堂昭乗書・伝俵屋宗達下絵 鉄線下絵和歌色紙 藤原興風
Poem by Fujiwara no Okikaze with Underpainting of Clematis

Artist:
Calligraphy by Shōkadō Shōjō (Japanese, 1584?–1639)
Artist:
Underpainting attributed to Tawaraya Sōtatsu (Japanese, died ca. 1640)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
early 17th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Hanging scroll; ink, gold, and silver on colored paper
Dimensions:
Image: 7 15/16 x 6 15/16 in. (20.2 x 17.6 cm) Overall with mounting: 53 x 17 15/16 in. (134.6 x 45.6 cm) Overall with knobs: 53 x 20 5/8 in. (134.6 x 52.4 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Purchase, Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, by exchange, 1979
Accession Number:
1979.407.2
Not on view
Tare o ka mo
shiru hito ni sen
Takasago no
matsu mo mukashi no
tomo naranaku ni

Who is there left
that really knows me?
Though the pines of Takasago
have always been there,
I cannot call them “friends.”

—Trans. John T. Carpenter
Signature: Tare o kamo shiruhito ni sen
Takasago no matsu no mukashi
no tomo nakanaka ni
Fujiwara Okikaze
Not even the pines of Takasago can
be my long-standing companions.
Who, then, will I make my true
friend?
Fujiwara Okikaze

(Shimizu and Rosenfield, Masters of Japanese Calligraphy, 8th-9th century [New York: Asia Society and Japan House, 1984], p. 236)
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. "Tea Ceremony Wares of Mino: Shino and Oribe," 1992.

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. "Masterpieces from the Permanent Collection," July 2, 2005–November 29, 2005.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Graceful Gestures: Two Decades of Collecting Japanese Art," 2007.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Drama of Eyes and Hands: Sharaku's Portraits of Kabuki Actors," September 20, 2007–March 24, 2008.

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

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Beautiful Country: Yamato-e in Japanese Art," November 20, 2010–June 5, 2011.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Designing Nature: The Rinpa Aesthetic in Japanese Art," May 26, 2012–January 13, 2013.

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