Plate: 35.6 x 7.8 cm (14 x 3 1/16 inches)
Signature / Inscription / Marks
Furuike ya/kawazu tobikomu/mizu no oto
The ancient pond-/a frog jumped/splash!
The famous haiku poem by Matsuo Basho (1644-1694) from his collection Haru no hi (Spring days), autumn 1687. This is likely the best-known haiku in the world.
Kawazu is a season word (kigo) for spring.
Japan; Edo (location)
Gift of Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, Jr.