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A Poetry Reading
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A Poetry Reading

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Description This print depicts a fairly typical poetry reading-except that sparrows are substituted for humans. A distinguished poet, seated before a folding screen, recites his poems for a private audience. His wife and children are seated near him. While most members are attentive, a mother turns to hush adolescents in the back row. In the upper left corner there are twelve "haiku" poems by different writers. These poets were probably members of a poetry club that commissioned Zeshin to design this print for a humorous New Year's greeting.
Provenance Justine Lewis Keidel [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1986, by gift.
Inscriptions [Poem] unread], twelve haiku; [Signature] Zeshin (Tairyukyo)
Credit Gift of Justine Lewis Keidel, 1986

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ca. 1873-1891 (Meiji)
mulberry paper, pigments
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11 3/4 x 9 7/8 in. (29.85 x 25.08 cm)
  • Japan (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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