Poetic Immortals of the Buddhist Clergy (Shakkyō Kasen Emaki)

Poetic Immortals of the Buddhist Clergy (Shakkyō Kasen Emaki)


Fragment of a handscroll remounted as a hanging scroll; ink on paper

Image: 29.1 x 44.5 cm (11 7/16 x 17 1/2 in.); Overall: 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.)

Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund 1985.88



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.

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