Section of a handscroll mounted as a hanging scroll; ink on paper
Image: 14.4 x 39.9 cm (5 11/16 x 15 11/16 in.); Mounted with knobs: 91.2 x 56.9 cm (35 7/8 x 22 3/8 in.)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Leighton R. Longhi 1989.119
Stories in Japanese Art (Japanese art rotation)
General Blackbeard laments having smelly ash poured upon him by his angry wife in one of the poems.
This hanging scroll was once part of a handscroll depicting a waka (thirty-one syllable verse) poetry contest between characters from the 11th-century literary classic Tale of Genji. In this section, a woman known informally as Kumoi no kari, or “Goose in Fog,” after a lovelorn line she hums in the novel, is pitted against Higekuro no taishō, or “General Blackbeard.” Three of his poems, numbered 46 to 48, from “The Handsome Pillar” chapter appear over his image. The subsequent three poems inscribed above Kumoi no kari are presented as her “responses,” and come from "The Plum Tree Branch", “New Wisteria Leaves”, and "Evening Mist" chapters.
The information about this object, including provenance information, is based on historic information and may not be currently accurate or complete. Research on objects is an ongoing process, but the information about this object may not reflect the most current information available to CMA. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email email@example.com.
To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.
Request a digital file from Image Services that is not available through CC0, a detail image, or any image with a color bar. If you have questions about requesting an image, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.