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Page from Tsurayukishū II (貫之集下)
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Fujiwara Sadanobu

(藤原定信; 1088–1156)

Catalogue information

Commonly known as Ishiyama-gire (石山切)

Late Heian period, ca. 1112

Page from book, mounted as hanging scroll; ink on decorated paper

20.2 x 16 cm (8 x 6 1/4 in.)

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

Ex Coll.: Nishi Honganji, Kyoto


Meech-Pekarik 1985, fig. 3
Meech-Pekarik, Julia
“Death of a Samurai.” Apollo 121, no. 276 (February): 108–13.

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Tokyo National Museum 1985a, no. 70
Tokyo National Museum
Nihon bijutsu meihin ten: New York Burke Collection / A Selection of Japanese Art from the Mary and Jackson Burke Collection. Exh. cat. Tokyo: Chunichi Shimbun.

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Wheelwright 1989, no. 35
Wheelwright, Carolyn
[Editor]. Word in Flower: The Visualization of Classical Literature in Seventeenth-Century Japan. Exh. cat. New Haven: Yale University Art Gallery.

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Avitabile 1990, no. 25
Avitabile, Gunhild
[Editor]. Die Kunst des alten Japan: Meisterwerke aus der Mary and Jackson Burke Collection, New York. Exh. cat. Frankfurt: Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt.

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Murase 2000, no. 19
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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Tsuji Nobuo et al. 2005, no. 12.
Tsuji Nobuo et al.
Nyūyōku Bāku korekushon-ten: Nihon no bi sanzennen no kagayaki / Enduring Legacy of Japanese Art: The Mary Griggs Burke Collection. Exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu; Hiroshima Prefectural Museum of Art; Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum; and Miho Museum, Shigaraki, Shiga Prefecture. [Tokyo]: Nihon Keizai Shinbunsha.

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Seeing someone off to a faraway place, / no regrets to wet my sleeves with so many teardrops. // Hyōe no suke Kanesuke bids farewell to his friend Miharu no Arisuke, an officer of the Left Guard, on the banks of the Kamo River // My tears, which mourn your departure, / make the river swell. / It overflows its banks. // Composed while seeing someone off who is departing with a gift to see a mutual friend.