Image: 10 1/8 x 10 3/4 in. (25.7 x 27.3 cm)
Overall with mounting: 42 3/4 x 15 7/8 in. (108.6 x 40.3 cm)
Overall with knobs: 42 3/4 x 17 1/4 in. (108.6 x 43.8 cm)
Collection of Sue Cassidy Clark
Not on view
The motif of the boatman in a courtier’s cap and loose-fitting robes poling a raft or small boat amid waves was among the repertory of Rinpa pictorial motifs. The source of the imagery is not clear, but one theory is that it derives from earlier illustrations of the “Sumida River” (Sumidagawa) episode of The Ise Stories (Ise monogatari), set on waterway that separates Musashi and Shimōsa provinces (present-day Tokyo). According to the tale, the courtier-protagonist of the tale and his companions are being ferried in a small boat along the Sumida River, and when he is told that the birds he sees are “Capital Birds” (miyakodori), he is reminded of his lover he left behind in the capital of Kyoto. The painting is sealed in the lower right corner with the artist’s square “Hōshuku” seal.
Artist: School of Ogata Kōrin (Japanese, 1658–1716)Date: first half of the 19th centuryMedium: Three cases; lacquered wood with mother-of-pearl and pewter inlay on gold lacquer ground; Pouch: printed cotton with sarasa pattern; Ojime: metal bead
Accession: 29.100.812On view in:Not on view