Plate: 32.9 x 7.5 cm (12 15/16 x 2 15/16 inches)
Signature / Inscription / Marks
[Notations] Inscription on verso, lower left: BV1437/ [Illegible Japanese Characters]; dealer's codes (of no import)Poem: Hana saki te/nanoka tsuru miru/fumoto kana Flowers are blooming-/I observe cranes staying put for seven days/at the bottom of a hillThe poem is by Matsuo Basho (1644-1694) written at a poetry party at the Edo home of Suzuki Seifu on 1686.3.20.This was the first of thirty-six linked poems (renga) by various poets on flowers. The poem expresses Basho's delight at seeing cranes that stay in place for seven days and blossoming flowers at the home of his friend.
Gift of Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, Jr.