Katsushika Hokusai, 1760-1849
The Hundred Poems [By the Hundred Poets] as Told by the Nurse: Teishin Ko
(Hyakunin isshu uba ga etoki: Teishin Ko)
a view at a villa entrance in a mountainous landscape with pine and red maples, at center a young man in courtly robes bows his head towards a monk kneeling before him; signed zen Hokusai Manji, with publisher's seal Eijudo (Iseya Sanjiro) and censor's kiwame seal, the reverse with collector's seals of William Sturgis Bigelow (twice) and Perrine on verso, ca. 1835-6
oban yoko-e 10 3/8 by 14 7/8 in., 26.4 by 37.8 cm
The poem is by Fujiwara no Tadahira (880-949), who was given the name Teishin Ko posthumously. As the prime minister, he was asked by the Emperor Uda, who had relinquished his throne to his son to become a monk, to extend an invitation to the reigning Emperor Daigo to visit his father at Mount Ogura to view the autumn colors. The poem is the minister's eloquent invitation.
Mine no momiji-ba
If the maple leaves
On the ridge of Ogura
Have the gift of mind,
They will longingly await
One more august pilgrimage
Peter Morse, Hokusai: One Hundred Poets, 1989, pp. 72-73, no. 26
Katherine Martin, Highlights of Japanese Printmaking: Part One, Scholten Japanese Art, 2005, no. 34
Ex Collection William Sturgis Bigelow, Boston
Ex Collection Perrine
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