The Burke Collection
Two poems from Kokin wakashū (古今和歌集)
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Ike Taiga

(池大雅; 1723–1776)

Catalogue information

Edo period, 1733

Hanging scroll; ink on paper

26.8 x 33.3 cm (10 1/2 x 13 1/8 in.)

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

Ex Coll.: Okamoto Kōhei, Kanagawa Prefecture; Mizuta Chikuho


Kyoto National Museum 1933, pl. 79
Kyoto National Museum
Ike Taiga iboku tenrankai mokuroku (Catalogue of the exhibition of the work of Ike Taiga). Exh. cat. Kyoto: Kyoto National Museum.

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Hitomi Shōka 1940, p. 3
Hitomi Shōka
“Ike Taiga hyōden” (The life of Ike Taiga). Nanga kanshō 9 (September): 2–5.

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Tanaka Ichimatsu et al. 1957–59, no. 1
Tanaka Ichimatsu, Yamanaka Rankei, and Kosugi Hōan [Tanaka Ichimatsu et al.]
[Editors]. Ike Taiga sakuhin gafu (The works of Ike Taiga). 5 vols. Tokyo: Chūōkōron Bijutsu Shuppan.

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Matsushita Hidemaro 1970, fig. 8
Matsushita Hidemaro
Taiga no sho (The calligraphy of Taiga). Tokyo: Chūōkōronsha.

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Murase 1975, no. 68
Murase, Miyeko
Japanese Art: Selections from the Mary and Jackson Burke Collection. Exh. cat. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Shimizu and Rosenfield 1984, no. 116
Shimizu, Yoshiaki, and John M. Rosenfield
Masters of Japanese Calligraphy, 8th–19th Century. Exh. cat. New York: Asia Society Galleries and Japan House Gallery.

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Fischer 2007, no. 1.
Fischer, Felice
With Kyoko Kinoshita. Ike Taiga and Tokuyama Gyokuran: Japanese Masters of the Brush. Exh. cat. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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by Shisei

[Poem 24, by Minamoto Muneyuki (d. 939)] Now that spring has come / even the unchanging pine is dressed / in fresh new foliage that is / dyed a brighter shade of green.

[Poem 53, by Ariwara Narihira (825–880)] If this world had never / known the ephemeral charms of cherry blossoms / then our hearts in spring might match / nature’s deep tranquility.


Written by Shisei at age 11


Ikeno Shisei