The Burke Collection
Thirty-six Immortal Poets (三十六歌仙)
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Sakai Hōitsu

(酒井抱一; 1761–1828)

Catalogue information

Edo period, 1824

Handscroll; ink and light color on paper

29.5 x 827.6 cm (11 5/8 in. x 27 ft. 1 7/8 in.)

Donated to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York by the Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation in 2015


McKelway 2012, pp. 126–27, no. 36
McKelway, Matthew P.
Silver Wind: The Arts of Sakai Hōitsu (1761–1828). Exh. cat. New York: Japan Society Gallery.

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by Hōitsu

[at right, poems by Sarumaru Dayū]

[Sarumarushū 3] Sarumaru // Everyone has reasons / to change his heart / like Tsukikusa grass shifts its colors.

[Kokin wakashū 215] Treading through the autumn leaves in the deepest mountains, / I hear the belling of the lonely deer— / then it is that autumn is sad.

[at left, poems by Ono no Komachi]

[Kokin wakashū 938] I have sunk to the / bottom, / and like the rootless / shifting water weeds / should the currents summon me / I too would drift away.

[Kokin wakashū 113] A life in vain. / My looks, talents faded / like these cherry blossoms / paling in the endless rains / that I gaze out upon, alone.


[at end of scroll] Recorded by Uge-an [Ukaan] Hōitsu, tenth month, winter of 1824


[at end of scroll] Monsen

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