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Yatsuhashi (iris and haiku poem)

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Yatsuhashi (iris and haiku poem)

Sakaki Hyakusen

Object Creation Date
1st half of 18th century

Medium & Support
hanging scroll, ink on paper

40 7/16 in x 10 15/16 in (102.71 cm x 27.8 cm)

Credit Line
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund

Label copy
This scroll is an example of "haiga," a Japanese style of painting where the freely painted image accompanies a short poem called "haiku." Sakaki Hyakusen was a pioneer of this style. The poem on this scroll is entitled "At Yatshuhashi": On the bridge posts, I laid down my brush, the iris.The spontaneous quality of the brushstrokes can be seen in the iris leaves. Notice how the dark leaf "bleeds" into the lighter one underneath because the srokes were done quickly before the ink had a chance to dry.

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Primary Object Type
hanging scroll

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hanging scroll

3 Related Resources

Ink and Realisms
(Part of: Artist Associations and Art Movements)
Japan Pax Tokugawa 1600-1868
(Part of: Empires and Colonialism)
Visual Adaptations of Poetry
(Part of 2 Learning Collections)

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