Example 21: Japanese screen

Work Record
Class [controlled]: • paintings  • Asian art
*Work Type [link]: • screen
*Title: Eight-Planked Bridge (Yatsuhashi)
*Creator Display: Ogata Korin (Japanese, 1658-1716)
*Role [link]: painter  [link]: Ogata Korin
*Creation Date: probably done sometime between 1711 and 1716  [controlled]: • Earliest: 1711  • Latest: 1716
*Subject [links]: • landscape  • bridge  • irises  • love  • longing  • journeying  • Ise Monogatari (Japanese literature, poems)
Style [link]: • Edo (Japanese)
Culture [link]: Japanese
*Current Location [link]: Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York; New York, USA )  • ID: 53.7.1-2
*Measurements: pair of six-panel folding screens; each 179.1 x 371.5 cm (5 feet 1 1/2 inches x 12 feet 2 1/4 inches)
[controlled]  Extent: each part  Value: 179.1 Unit: cm Type: height  |  • Value: 371.5 Unit: cm Type: width  |  Extent: components  • Value: 2 Type: count
*Materials and Techniques:  ink, color, and gold-leaf on paper, using tarashikomi (color blending technique)
Material [links]:  • ink  • paint  • gold leaf  • paper  Technique [links]: • tarashikomi
Inscriptions: right hand screen: Korin’s signature with honorary title “hokkyo”; round seals read “Masatoki”
Description: Represents a popular episode in the 10th-century “Ise Monogatari” (The Tales of Ise) series of poems on love and journeying; in this episode, a young aristocrat comes to a place called Eight Bridges (Yatsuhashi) where a river branched into eight channels, each spanned by a bridge. He writes a poem of five lines about irises growing there. The poem expresses his longing for his wife left behind in the capital city.
Description Source [link]: Metropolitan Museum of Art online. www.metmuseum.org  Page: accessed 22 October 2006

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