- Museum number
- Object: Yatsushi sanjurokkasen 略三十六歌仙 (Informal Adaptation of the Thirty-six Immortal Poets)
Illustrated book, print. One volume. Print of 'uguisu' (nightingale) on flowering plum inside front cover; thirty-six single-page images depicting one of the classic Thirty-six Poets, accompanied by two, usually female, attendants in contemporary 'Ukiyoe' style. With verse of poet above cloud line. Colour woodblock-printed, in very light colours.
- Production date
Height: 25.30 centimetres
Width: 21.80 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Hillier and Smith 1980
The style and the restrained colour have much in common with the Genji 'à la mode' triptychs designed a few years earlier by Eishi. Very few copies have been recorded.
Brown, Louise Norton, 'Block Printing and Book Illustration in Japan', London and New York, 1924, p. 172, obviously copies 'Collection Hayashi. Dessins, Estampes, Livres illustrés du Japon réunis par T. Hayashi', Paris, 1902, no. 1678. The Hayashi copy had only thirty-four prints.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2009 1 Jul- 25 Oct, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from prehistory to the present'
- Acquisition date
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Previous owner/ex-collection number: JH.181 (Hillier no.)