Selections from the New Collection of Japanese Poems from Ancient and Modern Times (Shinkokin wakashū) with Printed Designs of Chinese Lions and Crab Finger Grass

Selections from the New Collection of Japanese Poems from Ancient and Modern Times (Shinkokin wakashū) with Printed Designs of Chinese Lions and Crab Finger Grass

目日芝に唐獅子摺絵新古今集和歌巻

early 1600s

calligraphy by

Hon'ami Kōetsu 本阿弥光悦

(Japanese, 1558-1637)

decorator

Tawaraya Sōtatsu 俵屋宗達

(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

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Before becoming a master painter of screens, Tawaraya Sōtatsu painted fans.

Description

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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