One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each: Sangi Takamura

Maker(s)
Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi 歌川国芳 (1797-1861)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, ca. 1840-42
Medium
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 36.2 x 25.6 cm (14 1/4 x 10 1/16 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
The Anne van Biema Collection
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S2004.3.173
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Print
Type

Woodblock print

Keywords
Anne van Biema collection, boat, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, oban, ukiyo-e, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Label

A poem from the collection, One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each (Hyakunin isshu), inspired this print from a series by Kuniyoshi. The poem was composed by the courtier Sangi Ono no Takamura (802-852), the leading poet of his time, who was esteemed for his knowledge of Chinese literature and his ability to compose poetry in Chinese. The imagery chosen to illustrate the poem refers to its composition just as the poet was setting out by boat for Oki Island, where he was exiled in 837 for refusing to join a diplomatic mission to China. The poem reads:

 O, tell her, at least,
 that I have rowed out, heading toward
 the innumerable isles
 of the ocean's wide plain,
 you fishing boats of the sea-folk!

Translation of poem by Joshua S. Mostow (Pictures of the Heart: The Hyakunin isshu in Word and Image [Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1996])

Published References
  • Ann Yonemura, with contributions by et al. Masterful Illusions: Japanese Prints from the Anne van Biema Collection. Seattle and Washington. cat. 122, pp. 298-299.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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