The Six Immortals of Poetry, Abbreviated

A work made of color woodblock print; oban triptych.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of color woodblock print; oban triptych.

Date:

c. 1795

Artist:

Chokosai Eisho
Japanese, active 1793-1799
Publisher: Yamaguchi-Ya
Japanese, unknown

About this artwork

In this triptych print, the artist expressed appreciation for fine poems of the past by associating them with the three current leading, and possibly most beautiful, courtesans in the Yoshiwara pleasure district. Each of the three panels shows a courtesan with her male guest. In the background are six poems, one by each Immortal. These are inscribed over the style of decorative pattern found on cards used for writing poems. At the right is Narihira’s most famous love poem. A work by Ono no Komachi is on the left.

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Artist

Chokosai Eisho

Title

The Six Immortals of Poetry, Abbreviated

Origin

Japan

Date

1790–1800

Medium

Color woodblock print; oban triptych

Dimensions

36.0 x 75.1 cm

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham collection

Reference Number

1935.446

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