Imaginary Portrait of Shundai Dazai

Imaginary Portrait of Shundai Dazai

late 1700s-1800s

Tani Bunchō 谷文晁

(Japanese, 1763-1841)

Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper

Overall: 130.8 x 38.1 cm (51 1/2 x 15 in.); Painting only: 38 x 26.8 cm (14 15/16 x 10 9/16 in.)

The Kelvin Smith Collection, given by Mrs. Kelvin Smith 1985.248



Shundai (1680-1747) was a noted Confucian scholar and writer. Brought up with a strongly Confucian family background, Bunch.’s veneration for Shundai is understandable. The inscription is by Nozawa Hikoroku, a scholar and poet contemporary with Buncho.

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