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detail: Page from the Ishiyama-gire (dispersed volumes of the Anthology of the Thirty-Six Poets) Poet: Ki no Tsurayuki overall: Page from the Ishiyama-gire (dispersed volumes of the Anthology of the Thirty-Six Poets) Poet: Ki no Tsurayuki

Page from the Ishiyama-gire (dispersed volumes of the Anthology of the Thirty-Six Poets) Poet: Ki no Tsurayuki

Type
Album leaf (mounted as a hanging scroll)
Maker(s)
Calligrapher: Attributed to Fujiwara no Sadanobu (1088-1156)
Author: Ki no Tsurayuki (?-945)
Historical period(s)
Heian period, early 12th century
Medium
Album leaf; ink on assembled dyed paper decorated with silver and gold
Dimension(s)
H x W (overall): 131.8 x 44 cm (51 7/8 x 17 5/16 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
Purchase -- Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1969.4
Label
Two poems of mourning for a friend who has died are written in the elegant Japanese phonetic script known as hiragana. The papers of three colors are joined at the edges and embellished in silver with scattered plants and insects. This page belongs to one of the dispersed volumes called "Ishiyama-gire" from a lavishly decorated Anthology of Thirty-Six Poets. These two verses were composed by Ki no Tsurayuki (872?-ca. 946). Beginning from the right, in three lines, the first poem reads: "A beloved friend whom I met until yesterday is gone today, swept away like mountain clouds." The following verse continues the thought: "How tragic that although we live, whatever we have will surely die."
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Album, Calligraphy
Keyword(s)
Heian period (794 - 1185), Japan, poem
Collection(s) Area
Japanese Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
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