Ink on decorative paper
Sheet: 36 x 50 cm (14 3/16 x 19 11/16 in.); Image: 13.5 x 15.5 cm (5 5/16 x 6 1/8 in.); Framed: 54 x 41 cm (21 1/4 x 16 1/8 in.)
Gift of the Artist 2011.21
Here, the calligrapher Takaki Seikaku copied poem number 4,514 from one of the oldest existing collections of Japanese poetry, Manyoshu (Collection of Ten Thousand Leaves). From top to bottom and from right to left, the poem about spring reads, "After the New Year, the spring comes. First in my villa a uguisu bird [Japanese bush warbler] sings."
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