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 (Meshishiba)

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 (Meshishiba)

early 1600s

Hon'ami Koetsu

(Japanese, 1558-1637)

calligraphy by

Tawaraya Sōtatsu

(Japanese, died 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

Description

Hon’ami Koetsu was a Japanese craftsman, potter, lacquerer, and calligrapher whose work is generally considered to have inspired the founding of the Rimpa school of painting. Tawaraya Sotatsu was a Japanese artist who co-founded the Rimpa school. He began his career as a fan painter in Kyoto and later rose to work for the court as a producer of fine, decorated papers for calligraphy. Seven verses from the autumn section of Shinkokin wakashu were transcribed onto 11 sheets of colored paper printed in gold and silver, depicting a design featuring the Chinese lion (karashishi) and mehishiba grasses.

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