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Woman About to Write a Poem

A work made of color woodblock print with metallic pigments; surimono shikishiban.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of color woodblock print with metallic pigments; surimono shikishiban.

Date:

c. 1824

Artist:

Yashima Gakutei
Japanese, 1786 (?)-1868

About this artwork

The figure of a sumptuously attired woman takes up almost the entire composition of this print. She wears a layered kimono, the outer robe of which has a lavish design of plums, a winding stream, and Chinese characters. She is an educated woman as evidenced by the books piled on the lacquer cabinet behind her. She looks at a blank sheet of decorated paper, brush in hand, ready to compose a poem. Above her, the poems speak of the art of poetry as practiced by animals, whereby the animals represent the efforts of amateur poets. One of the poems reads:

Even the sound
Of the song
Bellowed by a frog
Who lives in a well
Is somehow transformed
[when inscribed on a poem card.]
(Translated by John Carpenter)

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Arts of Asia

Artist

Yashima Gakutei

Title

Woman About to Write a Poem

Origin

Japan

Date

1816–1833

Medium

Color woodblock print with metallic pigments; surimono shikishiban

Dimensions

21.3 × 18.3 cm

Credit Line

Gift of Helen C. Gunsaulus

Reference Number

1954.501

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