The Burke Collection
Pictures with Letters (文字絵)
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attributed to Iwasa Matabei

(岩佐又兵衛; 1578–1650)

Catalogue information

Edo period

Fourteen figures on 7 folded sheets; ink on paper

Each sheet approx. 22 x 29 cm (8 5/8 x 11 3/8 in.)

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


Guth 1992, fig. 13.
Guth, Christine
Asobi: Play in the Arts of Japan. Exh. cat., Katonah Museum of Art, San Antonio Museum of Art, and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Katonah, N.Y.: Katonah Museum of Art.

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Fukurokuju; [for the figure] Fukurokuju


Saigyō hōshi; [for the figure] Saigyō hōshi // Does the moon say “Grieve!” / Does it force / these thoughts on me? / And yet the tears come / to my reproving eyes.


[on page inscribed “Toshi no hajime”] Inscribed by Iwasa Matabei