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Waka Poem Praising Plum Blossoms
  • Ōtagaki Rengetsu
    born: Tajima province (present-day Hyogo prefecture), Japan ; died: Kyoto, Japan
    Tomioka Tessai
    born: Kyoto, Japan ; died: Kyoto, Japan
  • Waka Poem Praising Plum Blossoms, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • ink, staining Kiri wood
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 22.9 x 22.7 x 1.4 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 9 x 8 7/8 x 1/2 in
  • Anonymous gift
  • Not on display
  • 1978.0087
Label Text

Square plate with a circular indention in the center of the plate. There is calligraphy, a drawing of a plum blossom, a bud, and a few dots (suggestive of a weathered twig) inside the circle. Calligraphy by Rengetsu, Plum Blossoms by Tessai.
Against the
Luminous moon--
The fragrant plum
At my window