East Asian Art
Calligraphy of a Poem over a Design of ChrysanthemumsMade in Japan, Asia
Edo Period (1615-1868), 1615-37
Painted by Tawaraya Sōtatsu, Japanese, died 1643. Calligraphy by Hon'ami Kōetsu, Japanese, 1558 - 1637.
Ink, silver, and gold on paper; mounted as a hanging scroll
Currently not on view
W1970-1-1Purchased with the W. P. Wiltstach Fund, 1970
LabelThe chrysanthemum was one of the most popular motifs for ornamental poem cards (shikishi). Hon’ami Koetsu’s calligraphy of a poem from the Shinkokin wakashu (New Collection of Japanese Poems from Ancient and Modern Times) has almost disappeared among the tarnished silver of the flowers. The verse is by Fujiwara no Takafusa (1148–1209).
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