East Asian Art
Page from the "Anthology of Poems by Thirty-Six Poets"Made in Japan, Asia
Heian period (794-1185), 1108-12
Artist/maker unknown, Japanese
Ink and silver over mica woodblock printing on paper; mounted as a hanging scroll
Currently not on view
1965-77-1Gift (by exchange) of Mrs. Henry W. Breyer, Sr., 1965
LabelThis scroll shows a page from the Anthology of Poems by Thirty-Six Poets, believed to have been commissioned for the sixtieth birthday celebrations of the Emperor Shirakawa in 1112. Some twenty of the leading calligraphers of the time worked on this anthology, and the elegant brushwork evident here is typical of the entire collection. Lady Ise (died about 940), the author of these verses, was one of the well-educated aristocratic women of her time, many of whose poetic and prose works have survived to the present day.