Yatsuhashi (iris and haiku poem)Artist(s)Sakaki HyakusenObject Creation Date1st half of 18th centuryMedium & Supporthanging scroll, ink on paperDimensions
40 7/16 in x 10 15/16 in (102.71 cm x 27.8 cm)Credit LineMuseum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection FundLabel 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.Primary Object Classification Painting Primary Object Typehanging scrollCollection AreaAsianRights
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