(Japanese, c. 1570-c. 1640)
Handscroll; ink, gold, and silver on paper
Overall: 23.2 x 346.6 cm (9 1/8 x 136 7/16 in.)
John L. Severance Fund 1966.118
Before becoming a master painter of screens, Tawaraya Sōtatsu painted fans.
Hon’ami Kōetsu was a calligrapher and craftsman who frequently collaborated with the painter Tawaraya Sōtatsu, considered the first master of the Rinpa school. Kōetsu brushed seven poems from the autumn section of a poetry anthology onto dyed paper with motifs designed and printed in gold and silver by Sōtatsu.
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