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    Sale 1978

    Japanese And Korean Art

    18 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 140

    Nishikawa Sukenobu (1671-1751)

    Poet on a veranda

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    Nishikawa Sukenobu (1671-1751)
    Poet on a veranda
    Signed Sukenobu hitsu, sealed Nishikawa uji and Sukenobu zu kore
    Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk
    15½ x 23¼in. (39.5 x 59cm.)


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    The poem by Minamoto no Toshiyori (1055?-1129?) is from the Kamakura-period imperial poetry anthology Gyokuyo wakashu (Collection of Jeweled Leaves):

    Matsukage no utsureru yado no ike nareba
    mizunomi tori mo chiyo zo sumubeki


    With the beautiful reflection of the shadow of a pine tree in the pond of a mansion, birds that come to the pond to drink should stay forever.