Description The Japanese female poet Ise no Tayu (active 11th century) sits with brush in hand at a writing table (bundai) with a writing box (suzuri-bako) beside her. One of the celebrated "Thirty-Six Immortal Poets" selected in the 11th century as models of poetic ability, Ise no Tayo came from a family of scholarly artists whose work united painting, calligraphy, and poetry. The writing implements signify her profession as a poet and as one of Japan's most important female writers. The sprig of cherry blossoms is the central motif in her poem commemorating the relocation of Japan's capital from Nara to Kyoto in 794. Poem at right: The double cherry trees, which grew At Nara in past days, Now beautify this Palace, and Their blossoms all ablaze Perfume the royal ways. From "A Hundred Verses from Old Japan" (The Hyakunin-isshu), translated by William N. Porter.
- The Art of Writing Instruments from Paris to Persia. 2011.
Provenance Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Snell, Jr., Maryland Line, Maryland; given to the Walters Art Museum, 1987.
Inscriptions [Signature] Gekko
Credit Gift of Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Snell, Jr., 1987
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