Image: 23.7 x 30.2 cm (9 5/16 x 11 7/8 inches)
Signature / Inscription / Marks
Inscription verso, bottom right in pencil: Russel #40[text and poems] Inscription remarking on the alternate name of the chrysanthemum okinagusa (old man plant) associated with the legend of Kikujido, The Chrysanthemum Boy. A Chinese boy exiled from the imperial court, he sipped the dew of a valley filled with chrysanthemums for seven hundred years. The inscription also mentions a Chinese poet transliterated as Toenmei.To (macron over the "o") Enmei is the Chinese poet Tao Yuanming, Tao Qian (365-427), who is associated with the chrysanthemum. In his poem on "Drinking Wine" (Yin jiu), there is a famous line about plucking chrysanthemums from the eastern hedge.1-25-2007DDG
Gift of Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, Jr.