The Burke Collection
Kakinomoto no Hitomaro (柿本人麻呂), from Thirty-six Immortal Poets (三十六歌仙)
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Sumiyoshi Gukei

(住吉具慶; 1631–1705)

Catalogue information

Edo period, 1674–92

Album with thirty-six paintings and thirty-six poems; ink, color, and gold on silk (paintings); ink and gold on paper (poems)

Each leaf 17.5 x 16 cm (6 7/8 x 6 1/4 in.)

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


Tokyo National Museum 1985a, no. 41
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, pp. 122–23, no. 72
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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Tokyo National Museum 1993, pp. 214, 278, no. 113
Tokyo National Museum
Yamato-e: Miyabi no keifu (Yamato-e: Japanese painting in the tradition of courtly elegance). Exh. cat. Tokyo: Tokyo National Museum.

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Matsubara Shigeru 1996, pp. 58–72.
Matsubara Shigeru
“Sekigaisen no kōyō—kasen-e no shihai sumigaki o yomu” (The benefit of infrared examination: Reading ink inscriptions on verso of poem sheets accompanying pictures of the immortal poets). Mizuguki, no. 20: 58–68.

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Poem by Kakinomoto no Hitomaro (fl. 8th century)

Left / Kakinomoto no Hitomaro [Poem 284, Kokin wakashū] // Red leaves float by / on Tatsuta River. /
Freezing rains must already be falling / on Mount
Mimuro / this autumn day.

[on back of each text] Attribution of the text to
36 calligraphers, including Takatsukasa Fusasuke


[on Kakinomoto no Hitomaro, Taira Kanemori, Ki no Tsurayuki, and Nakatsukasa] Painted by Hokkyō Gukei


[on each painting] Hirozumi