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The Beach at Sumiyoshi from the "Tales of Ise" ("Ise Monogatari")

The Beach at Sumiyoshi from the "Tales of Ise" ("Ise Monogatari")


Tawaraya Sōtatsu

(Japanese, died c. 1640)

Album leaf, ink, color, and gold on paper

Image: 24.5 x 20.9 cm (9 5/8 x 8 1/4 in.); Overall: 40.6 x 33.2 x 1.6 cm (16 x 13 1/16 x 5/8 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1951.398


The poem written on the painting comes from The Tales of Ise, a 10th-century poetic narrative of love:

In autumn the wild geese cry
And chrysanthemums are in flower,
Yet how pleasant to dwell
By the sea in spring
On the Beach of Sumiyoshi.

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