Image: 37.8 x 17.8 cm (14 7/8 x 7 inches)
Signature / Inscription / Marks
Hito ume dokusen tenka haru.
One solitary early plum blossom/And the whole world has spring.
(trans. Marks in Bogel)
Another interpretation of the Chinese poem is:
Ichiju dokusen tenka no haru.
The plum is the harbinger of spring.
Inscription verso, bottom left: 1712; in a later hand verso, bottom right: [No.] 217/15.22
EditionBogel entry remarks that the Rockefeller collection exchanged a second-edition print published by Sanoya Kihei for this one.
Gift of Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, Jr.