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Portrait of Lady

Artist:
Attributed to Kano Tanbi (Japanese, 1840–1893)
Artist:
In the Style of Li Gonglin (Chinese, ca. 1041–1106)
Period:
Meiji period (1868–1912)
Date:
probably late 19th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Hanging scroll; ink on paper
Dimensions:
31 x 15 in. (78.7 x 38.1 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929
Accession Number:
29.100.477
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.[1]

釵橫髩亂,口是心非。
見不及處,籃裏無魚。

比丘清欲贊。
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).
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