Jun 7, 2013

The Beach at Sumiyoshi from the Tales of Ise

The Beach at Sumiyoshi from the Tales of Ise

伊勢物語図色紙 住吉浜

c. 1634

Tawaraya Sōtatsu 俵屋宗達

(Japanese, c. 1570-c. 1640)

Poetry sheet mounted as an album leaf; ink, color, and gold on paper

Image: 24.5 x 20.9 cm (9 5/8 x 8 1/4 in.); Overall: 40.6 x 33.2 x 1.6 cm (16 x 13 1/16 x 5/8 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1951.398


Did you know?

The red structure at the top of this composition is Sumiyoshi Taisha, the Grand Shrine at Sumiyoshi.


The poem written on the painting comes from The Tales of Ise, a 10th-century poetic narrative of love:

In autumn the wild geese cry
And chrysanthemums are in flower,
Yet how pleasant to dwell
By the sea in spring
On the Beach of Sumiyoshi.

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