The Burke Collection
Farewell Gift to Tani Bunji (谷文二)
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Okada Hankō

(岡田半江; 1782–1846)

Catalogue information

Edo period, 1833

Hanging scroll; ink and light color on paper

30 x 63.7 cm (11 3/4 x 25 1/8 in.)

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

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by Hankō

Master Tani Bunji had lodged in the Kagetsuan for several days. / I was unable to go visit him, because my son caught smallpox. / It was not until his imminent return that we managed to meet. / I thereupon made this painting and poem to bid him farewell with respect. // Blurry silhouettes of the town encircle the ancient ford; / the chilly mist and pale moon are intimate to the feel. / Our meeting is worth cheering, / but not without regret; / it is not yet time for the plum trees to blossom.


In the late winter of 1833. Hankō Okada Shuku


Saishin; Okada Shuku in; Hankō