Calligraphy of a Poem by Song Zhiwen

Ike Taiga, Japanese, 1723 - 1776

Made in Japan, Asia

Edo Period (1615-1868)

c. 1750

Ink on paper; mounted as a hanging scroll

51 1/2 × 20 1/2 inches (130.8 × 52.1 cm) Mount: 6 feet 3 inches × 29 3/4 inches (190.5 × 75.6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Purchased with the East Asian Art Revolving Fund, 2000

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Taiga wrote out two lines of five-characters each in a bold mix of grass and running scripts. The brush was heavily inked to write the rounded yet solid characters, and Taiga balanced the thick ink with ample "flying white," a result of split brush hairs. The couplet comes from a long poem by the Chinese poet Song Zhiwen (656?-712):

From blue-green peaks hang last night's rains;
Red gullies drink the cloudless rainbow.