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poem formed with phrases from the “Thousand Character Essay”
  • Hosoi Kōtaku
    born: Kyoto, Japan ; died: Tokyo, Japan
  • poem formed with phrases from the “Thousand Character Essay”, late 1600s–early 1700s, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • screen, ink on paper
  • Object Height/Width: each panel 154.8 x 56 cm
    Object Height/Width: each panel 60 15/16 x 22 1/16 in
  • Museum purchase
  • Not on display
  • 1978.0157
Label Text

Six panel screen with two characters of calligraphy on each.

Translation of poem: As dawn breaks by the clear river, who is working?
If you resign your position, who can compell you
to follow Fu's teaching?