Calligraphy of a Poem by Ono no Komachi
Ike Taiga, Japanese, 1723 - 1776
This is a rare example of Taiga's large-scale calligraphy in the Japanese hiragana syllabary. The four Chinese characters at the beginning are the name of the ninth-century poetess Ono no Komachi, and the rest is the hiragana syllabic text of one of her verses. This verse is one of her best known:
Was it that I fell asleep
Longing for him
That he appeared?
Had I known it was a dream
I should not have awakened.