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Soshi Arai Komachi

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YAMAGUCHI Ryoshu, Japanese, (1886–1966)
Soshi Arai Komachi, 1955
Ink on paper
11 x 9 1/8 in. (27.94 x 23.11 cm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Showa (Japan, 1926-1989)
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2013.1.10

This is part of three sets of six prints each of Noh theater prints published by Kyoto Hanga-in in 1955. The renowned poetess Ono Komachi and a rival poet, Ohtomo Kuronushi, were invited to a poets' party held at court. Before the party, Kuronushi sneaked into Komachi's house to see the poem beforehand. Koronushi rewrote a part of an old poem book "Manyoshu," to make it resemble Komachi's poem. While Komachi's poem was read at the party, Kuronushi stood up and accused Komachi of plagiarism from the famous Manyo poem. He showed the page in the book as evidence. Komachi doubted the authenticity of the book and asked to wash it. When the book was washed, the part Kuronishi had rewritten was washed away to reveal his wicked scheme.

From: Artelino

The work is signed, "Ryoshu" and bears the artist's seal.

ink on paper with mica and silver metallic pigments

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