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Title

Shôjô at sake jar (Poem and illustration)

17th century


Artist

Hinaya RYÛHO

Japan

1594 - 1669


About

The poem reads: Inexhaustible is / The water of chrysanthemums / From the heavenly Chrysanthemum River.
It praises sake (Japanese rice wine) as a drink of immortality by likening it to the chrysanthemum dews, by drinking which Kikujidô [Chrysanthemum boy], a legendary figure, obtained eternal youth. Shôjô is also a mythical creature that loves sake and is synonymous with a heavy drinker. There is a nô play called Shôjô, in which the creature becomes drunk and begins to dance.

Legend has it that Kikujidô was a servant boy to the emperor Mu of the Zhou dynasty. He was sent in exile to Li County of Nanyang Prefecture [present day Henan Province] where he became immortal by drinking the water of the Chrysanthemum River. It was believed that the river water contained the dew from chrysanthemums growing along its upper stream and very sweet, and that one who drank it gained a long life.


Details


Other Title

Poem and Illustration


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

17th century


Media category

Calligraphy


Materials used

hanging scroll; ink on paper


Dimensions

28.0 x 52.0 cm image; 109.0 x 53.7 x 59.4 cm scroll


Signature & date

Signed l.l., in Japanese [inscribed in ink] "Ryûho [artist's seal]". Not dated.


Credit

Gift of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through Professor Toru Mori 1963


Location

Not on display


Accession number

EP1.1963


Artist information

Hinaya RYÛHO

Works in the collection

1


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


  • Art of the brush, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 23 Sep 1995–12 Nov 1995


Referenced in 1 publication

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