In the Style of Li Gonglin (Chinese, ca. 1041–1106)
Meiji period (1868–1912)
probably late 19th century
Hanging scroll; ink on paper
31 x 15 in. (78.7 x 38.1 cm)
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929
Not on view
This portrait of a lady seems to be a modern copy of a Chinese painting in The Met’s collection in the style of Li Gonglin (Chinese, ca. 1041–1106), see 29.100.476, acquired at the same time. The inscription by Liaoan Qingyu 了菴清欲 (1288–1363) is also transcribed here. The box inscription suggests that the poem might be a cryptic reference to Gyoran (Fish Basket) Kannon It reads:
Her hairpin is awry, her hair disheveled; She is not what she seems. And where you cannot see, There is no fish in the basket. --- Inscribed by Monk Qingyu.
Inscription: Her hairpin is awry her hair disheveled; She is not what she seems (more literally, her mouth says 'yes', her heart is not so) And where you cannot see There is no fish in the basket.
Signed by the bhikshu Qingyu (or Shoyoku according to Japanese pronunciation).
Marking: Seal: Tambi
Mrs. H. O. (Louisine W.) Havemeyer , New York (until d. 1929; bequeathed to MMA).