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Ono no Tofu
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Ono no Tofu

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Description Ono no Tofu, a 10th-century calligrapher and statesman, seven times failed to achieve promotion at the imperial court. Leaving the palace one day, he noticed a frog attempting to leap up to the branch of a willow tree. Seven times the frog leaped; seven times it failed. On the eighth try it succeeded, and Ono no Tofu took heart, embarking on his illustrious career and serving in later centuries as a model for schoolchildren learning to write.
Provenance Justine Lewis Keidel [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1986, by gift.
Inscriptions [Signature] Hirosada
Credit Gift of Justine Lewis Keidel, 1986

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1850-52 (Edo)
ink and color on mulberry paper
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H: 9 15/16 x W: 7 3/8 in. (25.3 x 18.8 cm)
Location Within Museum
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