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尾形乾山筆 定家詠十二ヶ月和歌花鳥図「拾遺愚草』より六月
“Sixth Month” from Fujiwara no Teika’s “Birds and Flowers of the Twelve Months”

Artist:
Ogata Kenzan (Japanese, 1663–1743)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
1743
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 6 1/4 x 9 1/8 in. (15.9 x 23.2 cm) Overall with mounting: 43 1/4 x 19 in. (109.9 x 48.3 cm) Overall with knobs: 43 1/4 x 20 5/8 in. (109.9 x 52.4 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
The Harry G. C. Packard Collection of Asian Art, Gift of Harry G. C. Packard, and Purchase, Fletcher, Rogers, Harris Brisbane Dick, and Louis V. Bell Funds, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, and The Annenberg Fund Inc. Gift, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.268.66
Not on view
These small paintings were separated from a group of twelve representing plants and animals symbolic of the twelve months, each inscribed with two poems. For the sixth month, the poems celebrate tokonatsu (wild pinks) and the cormorant, a bird used for night fishing:

Ōkata no
hikage ni itō
minazuki no
sora sae oshiki
tokonatsu no hana

Mijika yo no
ukawa ni noboru
kagaribi no
hayaku sugiyuku
minazuki no sora

Even though most people
dread the sixth month
since the sun is so bright,
if wild pinks are in bloom
then it does have its charms.

On these short nights,
flames in iron baskets
on cormorant fishing boats
pass by quickly and light up
the sky of the sixth month.
Signature: Seal: Tōzen
[ Harry G. C. Packard , Tokyo, until 1975; donated and sold to MMA].
New York. Japan Society Gallery. "Japanese Calligraphy from Western Collections," October 4, 1984–January 6, 1985.

Kansas City. Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. "Japanese Calligraphy from Western Collections," February 15, 1985–March 31, 1985.

Seattle Art Museum. "Japanese Calligraphy from Western Collections," May 9, 1985–July 14, 1985.

New Haven. Yale University Art Gallery. "Word in Flower: The Visualization of Classical Literature in 17th Century Japan," September 22, 1989–November 12, 1989.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Kyūbi no Kitsune: Legends of the Nine-Tailed Fox," 1994.

Chiba City Museum of Art. "Celebrated Four Seasons: An Aspect of Japanese Paintings from the 16th to 19th Centuries," April 27, 1996–June 9, 1996.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Blossoms of Many Colors: A Selection from the Permanent Collection of Japanese Art," March 21, 2000–August 9, 2000.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Enlightening Pursuits," February 28, 2001–August 5, 2001.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Sense of Place: Landscape in Japanese Art," May 8, 2002–September 8, 2002.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Birds, Flowers, and Buddhist Paradise Imagery in Japanese Art," February 14, 2004–June 13, 2004.

Shigariki. Miho Museum. "Kenzan: A World of Quietly Refined Elegance," September 1, 2004–December 15, 2004.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Sensitivity to the Seasons: Spring and Summer," December 17, 2005–June 4, 2006.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Flowing Streams: Scenes from Japanese Arts and Life," December 21, 2006–June 3, 2007.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Five Thousand Years of Japanese Art: Treasures from the Packard Collection," December 17, 2009–June 10, 2010.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Designing Nature: The Rinpa Aesthetic in Japanese Art," May 26, 2012–January 13, 2013.

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