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    Sale 2028

    Japanese & Korean Art

    18 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 218

    Ryokan Daigu (1757-1831) and Sekiryu Hankoku (19th Century)

    Portait of Matsuo Basho (1644-1694) and his poem

    Price Realised  

    Ryokan Daigu (1757-1831) and Sekiryu Hankoku (19th Century)
    Portait of Matsuo Basho (1644-1694) and his poem
    Painting signed Hokkyo Sekiryu Hankoku and sealed Hankoku, poems inscribed by Ryokan
    Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk
    37¼ x 13¾in. (94.5 x 35cm.)
    With certificate by calligraphy scholar Komatsu Shigemi, box signed by Nihonga painter Yasuda Yukihiko


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    The first poem, from Basho's anthology Oku no hosomichi (The Narrow Road to the Deep North), reads:

    Akaakato hi wa tsurenakumo aki no kaze
    Winds don't know the bright sunshine's mind in autumn

    and the second, a Chinese poem, reads in transliterated Japanese:

    Datsuraku shinshin isuru hito nashi
    Senko shufu yuyo o kumu.


    By killing my ego my body becomes light, I need not ask anything of anyone. Since ancient times, the same autumn wind blows and the same sun sets.