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Joseph U. Seo
Imperial princess Saigu no Nyogo (929-985), one of the few women among the Thirty-six Immortal Poets, is shown in this imaginary portrait reclining behind a curtain. Her face is barely visible among multilayered garments and her long, flowing hair. A lacquer box for writing equipment, decorated in gold, lies open on the ledge of the platform beneath her tatami.
A biography of the princess written in Chinese characters is followed by one of her poems in two lines of cursive hiragana:
With the sound of the koto
The wind in the pines of the mountain peak
Seems to communicate
With which note shall I begin?
- Published References
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- Dr. Sherman Lee. A History of Far Eastern Art. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, 1964. p. 333, fig. 437.
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- Rose Hempel. The Golden Age of Japan, 794-1192. New York. fig. 203.
- Hirate Ku. Tai Shi kai zuroku (Record of Great Master Paintings in Various Collections). Tokyo. pl. 28.
- Kanai Shuin. Toyo Gadai Soran (Dictionary of Subjects Used in Japanese Paintings). 11 vols., Kyoto and Tokyo, 1941-1943. pl. 23.
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- Mayuyama Junkichi. Japanese Art in the West. Tokyo. pl. 122.
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- Mori Toru. Kasen (Great Poets): Sanjuroku kasen-e (The Illustrated Paintings of Thirty-Six Poets). Tokyo. pl. 9.
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- Zaigai hiho (Japanese Paintings in Western Collections). 3 vols., Tokyo. pl. 46.
- Zaigai Nihon no Shiho (Japanese Art : Selections from Western Collections). 10 vols., Tokyo, 1979 - 1980. .
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- p. 83, fig. 40.
- Collection Area(s)
- Japanese Art
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