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Title

Calligraphy: (poem)

19th century

Artist

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615 - 1868 → Japan
    Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → Japan
    Date
    19th century
    Media categories
    Scroll , Calligraphy
    Materials used
    hanging scroll; ink on paper
    Dimensions
    29.4 x 41.0 cm image; 114.8 x 50.0 x 56.5 cm scroll
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Purchased 1994
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    19.1994
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Ôtagaki Rengetsu (Lotus Moon) Ōtagaki Rengetsu

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    From an early age Rengetsu showed talents for poetry and swordsmanship. She married young, but as her husband died in 1823, and her four children also died at young ages, she entered the Buddhist priesthood and adopted the name Rengetsu, meaning Lotus Moon. She dedicated the rest of her life to writing poetry and making pottery, known as Rengetsu ware. This poem reads:

    'The evening is fragrant with plum blossoms
    Oh, this fragrance!
    It penetrates the black sleeves of my nun's habit
    Even though I have renounced the world,
    I enjoy dressing myself in this aromatic midnight scent.'

    Art Gallery Handbook, 1999. pg. 282.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 4 publications