- Utagawa Toyokuni, 1769-1825, Japanese
Parrot Komachi (Omu Komachi)
Polychrome wood block print
Image: 37.2 x 24.8 cm (14 5/8 x 9 3/4 inches)
Signature / Inscription / Marks
Inscription verso, bottom center: 1709
[text and poem] Poem in cartouche:
Kumo no ue wa
arashi mukashi ni
mishi tamadare no
uchi zo yukashiki
Nothing has changed from long ago above the clouds [the court]
yet I long for what I saw behind the curtain of beads
Another translation in Clark, Dawn of the Floating World (p. 153) reads:
The cloud-capped palace
where I lived long ago
has not changed at all;
but I saw through my bead curtains-
Yes, I think fondly of that!
Bequest of Isaac C. Bates
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