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Portrait of the poetess, Saigu no Nyogo Yoshiko

Type
Hanging scroll
Maker(s)
Artist: Attributed to Fujiwara no Nobuzane (1176?-1265?)
Calligrapher: Attributed to Fujiwara no Tameie 藤原為家 , 1198-1275 (1198-1275)
Historical period(s)
Kamakura period, 13th century
Medium
Ink and color on paper
Dimension(s)
120.4 x 63.9 cm
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
Purchase
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1950.24
Label
Imperial princess Saigu no Nyogo (929–985), one of the few women among the Thirty-six Immortal Poets, is shown in this imaginary portrait reclining behind a curtain. Her face is barely visible among multilayered garments and her long, flowing hair. A lacquer box for writing equipment, decorated in gold, lies open on the ledge of the platform beneath her tatami.

A biography of the princess written in Chinese characters is followed by one of her poems in two lines of cursive hiragana:

With the sound of the koto
The wind in the pines of the mountain peak
Seems to communicate
With which note shall I begin?

Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Painting
Keyword(s)
Japan, kakemono, Kamakura period (1185 - 1333), poet, portrait, prince, princess
Collection(s) Area
Japanese Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
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