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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)
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