24.1 x 17 cm (9 1/2 x 6 11/16 inches) (plate) chuban; Mat size: B; Asian Art Department Carpenter In
Signature / Inscription / Marks
Inscription verso, bottom left: MOC-12-4-/[Illegible Japanese Characters]; in a later hand: NC [text and poems]Poem: Kuretake ya (translates to) The kuretake bambooame kikishimete (translates to)listens to rain, kuina naku (translates to) the water rail chirpsThe song of the water rail (kuina) is a season word (kigo) for early summer (May-June in Japan). Its song is likened to the pecking of its beak on wood. The rainy season may have begun.
Gift of Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, Jr.