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.
Signature: Seal: Masatoshi
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Designing Nature: The Rinpa Aesthetic in Japanese Art," May 26, 2012–January 13, 2013.
Artist: In the style of Ogata Kōrin (Japanese, 1658–1716)Date: 18th–19th centuryMedium: Gold lacquer with dark gray ishime, gold, red, black, and silver makie, pewter, and mother-of-pearl; Ojime: bead with autumn wild flowers; Netsuke: rat eating peach; boxwoodAccession: 91.1.701On view in:Not on view
Artist: Style of Ogata Kōrin (Japanese, 1658–1716)Date: 19th centuryMedium: Gold lacquer ground with mother-of-pearl and pewter inlay
Netsuke: fish on wheels; carved wood
Ojime: vajra (thunderbolt); metal
Accession: 29.82.2On view in:Not on view