Crossing at Sano

Crossing at Sano


c. 1600-1640

studio of Tawaraya Sōtatsu 俵屋宗達

(Japanese, c. 1570-c. 1640)

Hanging scroll remounted as a single panel screen; ink, color, and gold on paper

Overall: 161.7 x 139.2 x 46.3 cm (63 11/16 x 54 13/16 x 18 1/4 in.); Diameter of base: 46.3 cm (18 1/4 in.); Painting only: 125.9 x 121.4 cm (49 9/16 x 47 13/16 in.); with frame: 151.9 x 130.1 x 3.2 cm (59 13/16 x 51 1/4 x 1 1/4 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1949.554



A poem by Fujiwara no Teika (1162-1241) inspired this painting. It depicts a man on horseback with two attendants crossing the bridge over the Ki River where it meets Sano Bay in Wakayama Prefecture. The poem reads:
I stop my horse, but there is no shelter,
I brush off my sleeves,
Sano Crossing,
in the evening snow.

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