Part of a set. See all set records
One of a pair of six-panel folding screens, ink and color on gilded paper
Image: 152.8 x 360.4 cm (60 3/16 x 141 7/8 in.); Overall: 164.6 x 372.4 cm (64 13/16 x 146 5/8 in.); Closed: 170.8 x 64.5 x 12 cm (67 1/4 x 25 3/8 x 4 3/4 in.); Panel: 164.8 x 62.1 cm (64 7/8 x 24 7/16 in.); with frame: 168.6 x 376.4 cm (66 3/8 x 148 3/16 in.)
Gift of The Norweb Foundation 1954.603.1
The subject of this painting comes from a 10th-century text. It tells of a young nobleman’s journey into the lonely countryside, far from the capital city of Heian-kyō (Kyoto). There he came upon a small stream, the banks of which were covered with blooming irises, on which the artist has chosen to focus our attention. While viewing the beautiful flowers the nobleman composed a poem:
I have a beloved wife,
Familiar as the skirt of a well-worn robe,
And so this distant journeying
Fills my heart with grief.
The information about this object, including provenance, may not be currently accurate. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email email@example.com.
To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.
All images and data available through Open Access can be downloaded for free. For images not available through Open Access, a detail image, or any image with a color bar, request a digital file from Image Services.