Eggplant and Calligraphy

Accession Number

Eggplant and Calligraphy

Ōtagaki Rengetsu

Object Creation Date
19th century

Medium & Support
fan painting matted for framing, ink on paper

5 5/8 in x 18 9/16 in (14.3 cm x 47.2 cm);22 1/4 in x 28 5/8 in (56.52 cm x 72.71 cm)

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

Subject matter
Best known as a poet, but she was also a talented potter, inscribing her poems on her wares, which were generally tea bowls or teapots of unglazed clay. Painted in a charming and delicate way, somewhat in the Shijō manner.
Roberts, Laurance Page, and John M. Rosenfield. A Dictionary of Japanese Artists: Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Prints, Lacquer. Weatherhill, 2000.

Physical Description
Yo no naka ni               A fine example
mi no nariidete             of success to emulate
omou koto                    A lowely eggplant
nasu wa medetaki        ripens and brings forth fruit
tameshi narikeri           accomplishing its goal in life

Primary Object Classification

Primary Object Type
fan painting

Collection Area

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album leaf
fans (costume accessories)
still lifes

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Weese Collection and Gallery Rotations: Docent Module
(Part of: Fall 2021 Docent Exhibition Packet)

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UMMA Gallery Location ➜ FFW, 2nd floor ➜ 216 (Japanese Gallery)