Man Eating Sweet Potatoes

Ike Taiga, Japanese, 1723 - 1776

Made in Japan, Asia

Edo Period (1615-1868)

18th century

Ink on paper; mounted as a hanging scroll

11 1/2 x 15 1/4 inches (29.2 x 38.7 cm) Mount: 43 x 22 inches (109.2 x 55.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Purchased with funds contributed by Mrs. John C. Atwood, Jr., 1969

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Using both dark ink and ink thinned with water, Taiga expressively depicts a man happily munching on his meal, and even the effects of eating so many sweet potatoes on his digestive system. Taiga inscribed the verse:

He who wishes to be unpopular
Should sweet potatoes eat.
He who desires to be successful
Must his well-being guard.