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- Object: Koya bunko 姑射文庫 (The Koya Library)
Illustrated book. Vol. 3 of three volumes. 'Haiku' poems and illustrations. Woodblock-printed.
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Height: 26 centimetres
Width: 17 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Hillier and Smith 1980
Books of 'haiku', epigrammatic seventeen-syllable verses linked to the seasons, were a major publishing activity of the Edo period (1603-1867). Quite often the verses were accompanied by pictorial motifs, occasionally elaborate (as in the case of Ryusui's 'Yama no sachi', 1979, 0305, 0112) or, more often, very abbreviated, complementing the calligraphy of the verse to form what were known as 'haiga'. Many of the 'haiga' books, issued as New Year annuals by societies of amateur verse-writers, were ephemeral, but the 'Koya bunko' was an imposing production, though little is known of the artists. The use of black and white is outstanding in this powerful production. No satisfactory explanation of the 'Koya' of the title has been found.
Hillier, J, 'The Uninhibited Brush. Japanese Art in the Shijo Style', London, 1974, p. 170.
- Not on display
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- Additional IDs
Previous owner/ex-collection number: JH.115 (Hillier no.)