Sugawara Michizane Going into Exile

A work made of color woodblock print; hosoban, mizu-e.
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  • A work made of color woodblock print; hosoban, mizu-e.

Date:

c. 1763/64

Artist:

Suzuki Harunobu 鈴木 春信
Japanese, 1725 (?)-1770

About this artwork

Through the efforts of the Fujiwara clan, Sugawara Michizane was discredited in the eyes of Emperor Daigo and ordered to assume a post in remote Kyushu. Here, he is seated on an ox. According to the long cartouche on the right, Michizane gazes over the sea and waning moon, reflecting that he cannot see the moon that shines on the capital. He died in remote Dazaifu in 903. Because of his reputation as a scholar and accomplished poet in both Chinese and Japanese, a Shinto festival soon began to take place at his tomb in the eighth month of each year.

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Artist

Suzuki Harunobu

Title

Sugawara Michizane Going into Exile

Origin

Japan

Date

1758–1769

Medium

Color woodblock print; hosoban, mizu-e

Dimensions

31.0 x 14.2 cm (12 1/8 x 5 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1942.85

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