Edo period, 19th century
Hanging scroll; ink and light color on paper
80.1 x 150.1 cm (31 1/2 x 59 1/8 in.)
This artwork was published as catalogue entry 320 in Volume I of Art through a Lifetime.
Alone it towers above the white clouds. / Who can help feeling the chill of the snow vapor? / Viewed from any angle, it has no front or back, / just erupts from midair to catch people’s eyes.
Kinkoku Dōjin painted and inscribed
At age fifty-five I set my mind on learning ; Kōmori Dōjin
吾五十有五而志於學（朱文長方印）1 (relief, rectangle)
1. The legend of the seal is appropriated with a playful twist from Confucius’s (551-479 B.C.E.) autobiographical statement “At age fifteen I set my mind on learning”（吾十有五而志於學）. See the Analects (論語), chapter 2 “On governance” (為政).