「一陽連文房四友 硯 伯英」『春雨集』 摺物帖 The Chinese Calligrapher Boying (Japanese: Hakuei; also known as the “Sage of Cursive Script”); “Inkstone” (Suzuri), from Four Friends of the Writing Table for the Ichiyō Poetry Circle (Ichiyō-ren Bunbō shiyū) From the Spring Rain Collection (Harusame shū), vol. 1
Yashima Gakutei (Japanese, 1786?–1868)
Edo period (1615–1868)
Polychrome woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper
8 x 7 1/8 in. (20.3 x 18.1 cm)
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929
Not on view
Surimono are privately published woodblock prints, usually commissioned by individual poets or poetry groups s a form of New Year’s greeting card. The poems, most commonly kyōka (witty thirty-one-syllable verse), inscribed on the prints usually include felicitous imagery connected with spring, which in the lunar calendar begins on the first day of the first month. Themes of surimono are often erudite, frequently alluding to Japanese literary classics in both texts and images.
Signature: Gakutei (seal form)
Mrs. H. O. (Louisine W.) Havemeyer , New York (until d. 1929; bequeathed to MMA).