Hanging scroll; ink on paper
105.2 x 32 cm (41 3/8 x 12 5/8 in.)
Painted by Kyōsai
Minagawa Gen in; Hakkyōshi
by Monk Rokunyo (1736–1801)
Rather than tread the snow through the village ahead, / I search for the spring on paper. / The faint fragrance enters my brush every now and then, / just to create dainty plum blossoms.
Inscribed by Rokunyo Sanjin
Unri Ginkō; Jishū no in; Rokunyo
1. Mount Luofu in Guangdong Province in south China is frequently associated with plum blossoms. In Stories Collected at Longcheng (龍城錄) attributed to Liu Zongyuan 柳宗元 (773-819), a scholar-official named Zhao Shixiong 趙師雄 of the Sui dynasty (581-618) dreamed of meeting with a beautiful woman during his service in the Mount Luofu region. Upon waking up, he found himself sleeping under a blossoming plum tree. See 《龍城錄》, Congshu jicheng chubian 叢書集成初編edition, no. 2704, Beijing: Zhonghua Shuju, 1991, vol. 1.