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Painting, hanging scroll. Thirty-Six Immortal Poets, gathered and seated. Ink, colours and gold on silk. Signed and sealed. With certificate of authentication.
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Height: 247 centimetres (mount)
Height: 158 centimetres
Width: 105 centimetres (mount)
Width: 81.10 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Hizo Nihon bijutsu taikan Vol 3
The concept of the "Thirty-six Immortal Poets" dates from Fujiwara no Kinto's selection of works by thirty-six outstanding poets of past and present for inclusion in his anthology. Picture scrolls showing the thirty-six poets with examples of their work began to be painted in the Kamakura period, and in the Edo period artists of the Tosa and Sumiyoshi schools produced large numbers of albums on the theme, while paintings on 'shikishi' (square poetry cards) by members of the Sotatsu school also survive. The composition, with a screen at the top of the picture and a decorative tatami binding cutting diagonally across the upper left corner, faithfully carries on the tradition of earlier screen paintings on the same theme. On this hanging-scroll painting, however, the ground is created by sprinkling the silk base densely with fine particles of gold foil. The treatment of the clothing, moreover, is original in many ways; the black robes worn by the eleven court nobles, for example, are given a decorative quality by dropping spots of dark ink or gold paint onto a basic ink wash. The checquered pattern on the clothing of the two men in the centre and lower section, respectively, of the picture, and the pattern on the kimono of the woman at the upper left are examples of the many strikingly novel or colorful features that distinguish this work.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2005 25 Jul-8 Oct, Busan Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
2009 Jul 1- Oct 25, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from prehistory to the present'
2012 Jun – Oct, BM Japanese Galleries ‘Japan from Prehistory to Present’
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- Additional IDs
Asia painting number: Jap.Ptg.Add.622 (Japanese Painting Additional Number)