The Burke Collection
Ehon tokiwagusa (絵本常磐草 / Illustrated Lives of Famous and Not-So-Famous Women)
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Nishikawa Sukenobu

(西川祐信; 1671–1751)

Catalogue information

Edo period, March 1731

Three-volume book; illustrations in ink on paper

Each volume approx. 27.1 x 18.6 cm (10 5/8 x 7 3/8 in.)

Preface: “By the Kyoto painter Bunkadō Nishikawa Sukenobu, the third month of 1731”

Donated to the Minneapolis Institute of Art by the Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation in 2015

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[Poem] No seeds were sown, / yet floating weeds thrive / on the ripples of the water.