Edo period, mid-17th century
Pair of six-panel folding screens, with 98 shikishi of paintings and text; ink and red ink on paper (paintings); ink on paper (text)
Each screen 107.2 x 269 cm (42 1/4 in. x 8 ft. 9 7/8 in.)
[right screen] Episode 6
When my beloved asked, / “Is it a clear gem or / what might it be?” / would that I had replied, / “A dewdrop!” and [it] perished. // It is said that while the future Empress from the Second Ward was in attendance upon her cousin, the imperial consort, someone was fascinated by her beauty and carried her off on his back.
[left screen] Episode 83
… at nightfall. As he set out he recited. // When for an instant I forget, / how like a dream it seems … / never could I have imagined / that I would plod through snowdrifts / to see my lord. // He went back to the capital in tears.