Thirty-Six Poetic Immortals of the Buddhist Clergy


late 1300s–1400s
Painting: 29.1 x 44.5 cm (11 7/16 x 17 1/2 in.); Mounted: 113.2 x 56.6 cm (44 9/16 x 22 5/16 in.); with knobs: 113.2 x 61.2 cm (44 9/16 x 24 1/8 in.)
Location: not on view
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The monk Myōe kept a diary of his dreams that survives in fragments today.


Handscrolls depicting eminent poets and their poems is a classic Japanese painting genre. This fragment is the end of a scroll, the beginning of which survives in the Tokyo National Museum. It has a preface stating it is based on a selection of 36 monks paired with their waka (31-syllable poems) made by Eikai (1278–1347) from Kashūji temple in the year of his death. These two portraits are of Jōkei (1155–1212) and Myōe (1173–1232), to the right and left, respectively.
Thirty-Six Poetic Immortals of the Buddhist Clergy

Thirty-Six Poetic Immortals of the Buddhist Clergy

late 1300s–1400s

Japan, Muromachi period (1392–1573)

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