Kiyochika: Sugawara no Michizane in Exile

Kobayashi Kiyochika

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Artist: Kobayashi Kiyochika
Title:   Sugawara no Michizane in Exile
Date: 1884

Sugawara no Michizane was a 10th century nobleman who was appointed ambassador to China, but under his rival Fujiwara was exiled to a remote place in Kyushu.  He was a famous poet, and one of his poems is shown in the cartouche.  Here we see him beneath a crescent moon on a deserted beach.  The pine tree on his right has seen the support of its roots worn away by the tides, so perhaps the poet is being compared to the tree.

Condition: Excellent impression. Good color and condition. Backed, with some trimming. Some damage along top edges.
Dimensions: ôban triptych
Publisher: Matsuki Heikichi
Series: Flower Patterns (Hanamoyô)
Signature: Shinseirô Kobayashi Kiyochika


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