Nagisa Palace from the Tales of Ise

Shibata Zeshinlate 1800s

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

This screen depicts an episode from the <em>Tales of Ise</em>, a 10th-century collection of poems and associated narratives in which the main character composes the following poem while drinking sake and viewing cherry blossoms: If, in this world of ours / All the cherry blossoms / Disappeared / The heart of spring / Might find peace.

Our hero relaxes on a shoulder rest, gazing at the flowers, his sake dish before him on a lacquered stand. A plump boy attendant monitors the sake dishes, a ewer at the ready. An associate sits with paper, ink, and brush, poised to record poems.

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  • Title: Nagisa Palace from the Tales of Ise
  • Creator: Shibata Zeshin (Japanese, 1807-1891)
  • Date Created: late 1800s
  • Physical Dimensions: Image: 175.3 x 190.5 cm (69 x 75 in.); Each side: 162.8 x 88.6 cm (64 1/8 x 34 7/8 in.)
  • Provenance: Chester Dale Carter, (Sotheby's New York, NY, December 18, 1980 sale, lot 131, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art), The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1981.2
  • Medium: Two-panel folding screen; ink, color, lacquer, and gold on silk
  • Original Title: 『伊勢物語』「渚の院」図屏風
  • Inscriptions: signed: Tairyuko Zeshin sei; sealed: Furumitsu.
  • Department: Japanese Art
  • Culture: Japan, Edo period (1615-1868)
  • Credit Line: Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund
  • Collection: ASIAN - Folding screen
  • Accession Number: 1981.2

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