Three Eggplants and a Poem

Accession Number

Three Eggplants and a Poem

Itō Jakuchū

Object Creation Date
circa 760-1800

Medium & Support
ink on paper

11 3/8 in x 20 5/8 in (28.89 cm x 52.39 cm);3 1/8 in x 26 in x 3 5/16 in (7.94 cm x 66.04 cm x 8.41 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Helmut Stern

Subject matter
"Itō Jakuchū, son of a greengrocer, used vegetables and plants as a personal iconography that almost always included a moral or religious meaning."

“Bean Vine.”,

Physical Description
On the left side of the hanging scroll, there are two eggplants. On the right side of the hanging scroll, there is a poem. There is also a signature and seal by the artist. Surrounding the paper on the hanging scroll is a gold border with a swirl pattern, then a larger blue border with a flower pattern, then a larger solid brown color.

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Solanum melongena (species)
hanging scrolls

3 Related Resources

Before 1492
(Part of 3 Learning Collections)
Ink and Realisms
(Part of: Artist Associations and Art Movements)
Japan Pax Tokugawa 1600-1868
(Part of: Empires and Colonialism)

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