group of 36 male and female figures seated and reclining in various positions, and looking in different directions; some are grinning, others look bemused

Thirty-Six Immortal Poets, mid 19th century

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The throng of figures on this two-panel screen is identifiable as the so-called “Thirty-Six Immortal Poets,” recognized as paragons of classical Japanese poetry already in the tenth century. The left panel features eighteen poets, while the right features only seventeen. A thirty-sixth figure, Saigū no Nyōgo—one of five female poets in the group—is hidden behind a curtain at upper right. Ikeda Koson’s composition is based on a seventeenth century original by Ōgata Kōrin, a prominent artist of the Rinpa school of Japanese painting, highlighted in this exhibition in Gallery 219.

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Title
Thirty-Six Immortal Poets
Artist Life
1802 - 1867
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2015.79.89
Catalogue Raisonne
Murase, Art through a Lifetime, no. 201
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group of 36 male and female figures seated and reclining in various positions, and looking in different directions; some are grinning, others look bemused