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Maker(s):Katsushika Hokusai
Culture:Japanese (1760-1849)
Title:Sojo Henjo, from an untitled series of Rokkasen [Six Poetic Immortals]
Date Made:ca. 1810
Materials:Woodblock print (woodcut); nishiki-e, ink and colors on paper
Place Made:Asia; Japan
Measurements:Sheet/Image: 14 1/2 in x 9 13/16 in; 36.8 cm x 24.9 cm
Narrative Inscription:  SIGNATURE: recto, lwr. r. (black ink): [Japanese character, Katsushika / Hokusai ga]; INSCRIPTION: recto, upp. ctr. (black ink): [Japanese character, Sojo Henjo / Hachisuba no / nigorinishimanu kokoro mo/te nani ka wa / tsuyu o tama to azamuku / Tonan sho]; SEAL: recto, lwr. ctr. (black ink): [A circle with two vertical stroks within].
Accession Number:  MH 1973.299.Q.RII
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. Louis C. Black
Museum Collection:  Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

A vertical print of a monk in layers of cloaks seated at the lower center, covering his mouth with his left sleeve. Above the figure are inscriptions of his poem from the Kokinshu 165. Two rows of horizontal dotted pigments across the background in the upper part. Colors faded, only some blue left on the garments of the figure.

immortals; monks; figures; poetry

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