Orchid Pavilion Gathering; Autumn Harvest Festival

Ike Taiga Japanese

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This pair of screens by Ike Taiga, one of Japan’s most prominent literati painters, depicts two Chinese themes: the Orchid Pavilion Gathering on the right screen and, on the left screen, the Autumn Harvest Festival. A Tang-dynasty poem attributed to Wang Jia (born 851) and inscribed above in Taiga’s own calligraphy reads:

At the foot of Mount Ohu,
the rice and millet are fat.
Pigs are in their pens,
the chickens in their coops;
The door to the house
has been left ajar.
The Autumn Festival is over,
and in the evening
Mulberry leaves cast long shadows.
from every house tipsy men return,
holding each other up.
—Trans. adapted from Stephen D. Allee

Orchid Pavilion Gathering; Autumn Harvest Festival, Ike Taiga (Japanese, 1723–1776), Pair of six-panel folding screens; ink and color on paper, Japan

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