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Kan Ke 菅家 / Hyakunin isshu uba ga etoki 百人一首姥がゑとき (One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets, Explained by the Nurse)

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1919,0715,0.4

  • Title (object)

    • Kan Ke 菅家

    Title (series)

    • Hyakunin isshu uba ga etoki 百人一首姥がゑとき (One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets, Explained by the Nurse)
  • Description

    Colour woodblock print. Poem by Kan Ke (Sugawara no Michizane), stationary ox-cart with maple leaves fluttering around, figures.

  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1830s(late)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 25.7 centimetres
    • Width: 37 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Hyakunin Isshu Uba ga Etoki
      • Inscription Comment

        series title
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Content

        前北斎卍
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Saki no Hokusai Manji
      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Comment

        seal(publisher's.Eijudo)
  • Curator's comments

    Clark 2017

    Poem 24: Kono tabi wa / nusa mo tariaezu / Tamukeyama /
    momiji no nishiki / kami no manimani (This time around / I
    couldn’t even bring sacred streamers / – Offering Hill
    – / but if this brocade of autumn leaves / is to the
    gods’ liking…. Trans. Joshua Mostow.)
    One of the few designs in the series to give the ancient
    poem a courtly setting, this print shows an imperial
    carriage parked outside a shrine, with servants, guards
    and decorated ox patiently awaiting the return of their
    passenger, as autumn leaves start to fall. The scene
    appears to be based on the circumstances behind the
    poem’s composition. In ad 898, Kan Ke (Sugawara no
    Michizane, ad 845–903) accompanied Emperor Uda
    (ad 887–897) on an autumn excursion to Offering Hill
    in Nara, and recognizing the beauty of the
    surrounding foliage, imagined that a ‘brocade of
    autumn leaves’ might serve as a suitable gift for the
    gods.

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  • Bibliography

    • Clark 2017 134 bibliographic details
    • Keyes & Morse 2015 665 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G35/od

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:
    2017 8 July - 13 Aug, London, BM, G35, Hokusai: Beyond the Great Wave

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1919

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1919,0715,0.4

Print?: Woodblock-printed. Classical literature. Rural landscape. The poem by Kanke, stationary yatai with maple leaves fluttering around, figures. Nishiki-e on paper.

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Print?: Woodblock-printed. Classical literature. Rural landscape. The poem by Kanke, stationary yatai with maple leaves fluttering around, figures. Nishiki-e on paper.

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