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“Two Young Women on a Verandah Watching Plovers,” from the series Stylish Six Poetic Immortals (Fūryū rokkasen: Ki no Tomonori, jū)

Katsukawa Shunshō (Japanese, 1726–1792)

Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
ca. 1770
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
9 7/8 x 7 1/8 in. (25.1 x 18.1 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
The Francis Lathrop Collection, Purchase, Frederick C. Hewitt Fund, 1911
Accession Number:
JP704
  • Description

    Yū sareba
    Sao no kawara no
    kawakaze ni
    tomo madowashite
    chidori naku nari

    As evening descends
    on the banks of Sao River,
    plovers cry out, as though
    they’ve lost a friend
    in the wind across the river.

    [Signed] Ki no Tomonori
    (ca. 850–ca. 904)
    —Trans. John T. Carpenter

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