Dec 14, 2010

A Poem of Spring from Manyoshu

A Poem of Spring from Manyoshu

late 1900s

Takaki Seikaku 高木聖鶴

(Japanese, 1923–2017)

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."

See also
ASIAN - Handscroll
Japanese Art
Type of artwork: 
Credit line: 
Gift of the Artist

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