The Burke Collection
The Poets Henjō (遍昭) and Jichin (慈鎭), from Mokuhitsu jidai fudō uta awase-e (木筆時代不同歌合絵)
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Catalogue information

Nanbokuchō period, mid-14th century

Handscroll fragment, mounted as hanging scroll; ink on paper

31.2 x 52.8 cm (12 1/4 x 20 3/4 in.)

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

Ex Coll.: Mori Collection


Mori Tōru 1965, fig. 6
Mori Tōru
“Jidai fudō uta awase-e ni tsuite” (Paintings of poetry competitions of different periods). Kobijutsu, no. 8 (March): 25–57.

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Mori Tōru 1978, pl. 32
Mori Tōru
Uta awase-e no kenkyū: Kasen-e (Studies of paintings of poetry competitions: Portraits of the Immortal Poets). Rev. ed. Tokyo: Kadokawa Shoten.

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Murase 1993, no. 34
Murase, Miyeko
Jewel Rivers: Japanese Art from the Burke Collection. Exh. cat. Richmond: Virginia Museum of Fine Art.

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Murase 2000, no. 40.
Murase, Miyeko
Bridge of Dreams: The Mary Griggs Burke Collection of Japanese Art. Exh. cat. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Additional details


[right] Sōjō Henjō [816–890]

[left] former Daisōjō Jichin [1155–1225]

(16th Round, left)

Cherry trees on Mount Furu at Iso no Kami / are as old as the mountain. / No one knows who planted them there.

(16th Round, right)

The leaves have turned, yet linger / still in the valley. / Autumn showers deepen their colors— / the tenth month of the year.

(17th Round, left)

Everyone again is garbed / in hues of springtime ­blossoms. / Oh, tear-stained sleeves / will you now become dry?

(17th Round, right)

Vainglorious though I may be, / I yearn to protect, under my priestly sleeves, / the people of this woeful world.

(18th Round, left)

Mist on the tips of the leaves, / dew at the roots of the tree, / sooner or later all will vanish.

(18th Round, right)

Oh, that I may linger / on the darkened path, / that it may brighten with / the Buddha’s Law.