The Burke Collection
Three poems from Gosen wakashū (後選和歌集)
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Catalogue information

Commonly known as Shirakawa-gire (白河切)

Late Heian period, 12th century

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

17.6 x 14.9 cm (6 7/8 x 5 7/8 in.)

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


Tokyo National Museum 1985a, no. 73
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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Avitabile 1990, no. 29.
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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Response: / White dews that descend / on pine branches in the evening / disappear in the morning. // Unknown poet sent this poem to an acquaintance who is in the service in Yamato: / In return / I yearn for you, / while I remember a young friend in Yamato from the past. // Response: / I was only reminded / of the rice plants in autumn fields. / My memories of them / do not excite me.