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Sanseki (The Three Evening Poems): Teika, Jakuren, and Saigyō

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Suzuki Harunobu, Sanseki (The Three Evening Poems): Teika, Jakuren, and Saigyō, ca. 1770, color woodblock print on paper; yoko ōban nishiki-e, The Mary Andrews Ladd Collection, public domain, 32.77

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Title

Sanseki (The Three Evening Poems): Teika, Jakuren, and Saigyō

Related Titles

catalog entry: An updated version of The "Three Evening" Poems: Courtesans as the poets Teika, Jakuren, and Saigyō

original language: 三夕 定家・寂蓮・西行

transliterated: Sanseki: Teika, Jakuren, Saigyō

Artist

Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1725?-1770)

Date

ca. 1770

Medium

color woodblock print on paper; yoko ōban nishiki-e

Edition

no other known impressions

Catalogue Raisonné

Ukiyoe shūka v. 9, pl. 86

Dimensions (H x W x D)

image/sheet: 10 1/4 in x 15 3/8 in

Inscriptions & Markings

publisher's mark: Marujin 丸甚 ([seal of the publisher Maruya Jinpachi]), printed in black relief within square, lower left Language: Japanese

inscription: Saigyō // Kororo naki / mi ni mo aware wa / shirarekeri / shigi tatsu sawa no / aki no yūgure 西行 // 心なき / 身にもあわれハ / しられけり / 鴫たつ沢の / 秋の夕くれ (Saigyō: Even one who has shed all passions / would be moved / by evanescent beauty: / snipes rising from a marsh / on an autumn evening), printed in black within cloud shaped register, upper left Language: Japanese

inscription: Jakuren // Sabishisa wa / sono iro to shimo / nakarikeri / maki tatsu yama no / aki no yūgure 寂蓮 // さひしさハ / そのいろとしも / なかりけり / 槙たつ山の / 秋の夕暮 (Jakuren: Loneliness / is not / any particular color— / A mountain of black pines / on an autumn evening), printed in black within cloud shaped register, upper middle Language: Japanese

inscription: Teika // Miwataseba / hana mo momiji mo / nakarikeri / ura no tomaya no / aki no yūgure 定家 // みわたせは / 花も紅葉も / なかりけり / 浦の苫やの / 秋の夕くれ (Teika: As far as the eye can see, / no cherry blossoms, / nor crimson leaves— / only a thatched hut by a lagoon / on an autumn evening), printed in black within cloud shaped register, upper right Language: Japanese

signature: Harunobu ga 春信画 (picture [by] Harunobu), printed[?], lower middle Language: Japanese

Collection Area

Asian Art; Graphic Arts

Category

Prints

Japanese Traditional Prints

Object Type

relief print

Culture

Japanese

Credit Line

The Mary Andrews Ladd Collection

Accession Number

32.77

Copyright

public domain

Terms

Japanese woodblock prints

nishiki-e

oban

poetry

relief printing

relief prints

The Mary Andrews Ladd Collection

Description

The Three Evening Poems are famous verses composed in the late twelfth century on the contemplative topic of Autumn Evening. Harunobu recasts the original poets as elegantly attired women, perhaps courtesans of the licensed quarter.

The woman seated at right, gazing out at the rustic landscape, stands in for the poet Fujiwara no Teika (1162–1241), whose verse reads:

Miwataseba!T!As far as the eye can see, hana mo momiji mo!T!no cherry blossoms, nakarikeri!T!nor crimson leaves— ura no tomaya no!T!only a thatched hut by a lagoon aki no yūgure!T!on an autumn evening

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