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#24 Poet Kanke leading procession to shrine
  • Utagawa Kuniyoshi
    1797–1861
    born: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; died: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan
  • #24 Poet Kanke leading procession to shrine, circa 1840–1842, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Hyakunin isshu no uchi (The One Hundred Poets)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 355.6 x 235 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 14 x 9 1/4 in
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • Gift of Rose K. Auerbach
  • Not on display
  • 1967.0031
Description

Poet Sugawara Michizane (Kanke) on left side with courtiers and shinto poets and white horse in procession stretching to the bottom right corner. On extreme left is the path winding to Mt. Tamuke. Trees and sky fill upper half of composition. At upper right, cartouche with poem and explanation of scene.
Poem translates:
I bring no offerings to the shrine
For with the Sovereign now I be
But here the maple leaves so fine
Better than (?) will pleasure thee.