Selections from the Collection of Japanese Poems from Ancient and Modern Times (Kokin wakashū) with Design of Pines Along the Shore

Selections from the Collection of Japanese Poems from Ancient and Modern Times (Kokin wakashū) with Design of Pines Along the Shore

浜松下絵古今集和歌巻

1600s

calligraphy by

Hon'ami Kōetsu 本阿弥光悦

(Japanese, 1558-1637)

painter

attributed to Tawaraya Sōtatsu 俵屋宗達

(Japanese, c. 1570-c. 1640)

Handscroll; ink on silk with gold and silver

Average: 32.7 x 549 cm (12 7/8 x 216 1/8 in.)

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1972.67

Location

Exhibition

Japanese Gallery 235 Rotation - October 2020-April 2021

Description

The calligrapher and craftsman Hon’ami Kōetsu frequently collaborated with Tawaraya Sōtatsu, a painter who ran a studio that produced fans and screens. Sōtatsu’s work featured abstracted and flattened shapes, fields of color and gold, and asymmetry. In particular, motifs that appeared in small scale, such as flora and fauna, in early decorated Japanese papers were painted in a larger scale—blown up as if seen under a magnifying glass. For this handscroll, Kōetsu brushed poems from the autumn section of a poetry anthology onto silk with a landscape of pines in gold and silver likely painted by Sōtatsu.

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