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Artist: Konoe Nobutada, Japanese, 1565–1614

Waka Byobu (Poetry Screen)

ca. 1610–14

Six-panel folding screen: ink on paper

without mounting: 55 13/16 × 19 3/16 in. (141.8 × 48.7 cm) without mounting: 56 × 21 7/16 in. (142.2 × 54.5 cm)
Purchased with a gift from Peggy and Richard M. Danziger, LL.B. 1963, and the Leonard C. Hanna, Jr., Class of 1913, Fund
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Momoyama period (1573–1615)

Setsu Gatodo before Yale; from a certain Tanaka Family in Japan before Gatodo. (Iijima Shunkei, Zusetsu Nihon no sho, Zuban hen Kaisetsu hen [Tokyo: Shogei munka in, 1970], p.125.)


Sadako Ohki, “Japanese Calligraphy at Yale: From Sutra to the Avant-Garde,” Arts of Asia (March–April 2018): 92, fig. 10.

Kunihiko Shimonaka, ed., Shodo Zenshu (Encyclopedia of Calligraphy), 22 (Tokyo: Heibonsha, 1959), pls. 14–15.

Taniguchi Kengo, Ruro No Sengoku Kizoku Konoe Sakihisa: Tenka Itto Ni Honrosareta Shogai, 1213 (Tokyo: Chukoshinsho, 1994).

Joshua S Mostow, Pictures of the Heart: The Hyakunin Isshu in Word and Image (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1996), 198–200, 301–3, 307–9, 354–56, 378–80.

A Waka Anthology: Grasses of Remembrance, 2 vols. (Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 2006), vol 2., p. 42.

Tamiko Maeda, Sanmyakuin Konoe Nobutada: Nokosareta Tegami Kara (Kyoto, Japan: Shibunkaku Shuppan, 2006), 1–260.

Maeda Tamiko, Sanmyakuin Konoe Nobutada (Kyoto: Shibunkaku Shuppan, 2006).

Tokyo National Museum, Sho no Shiho: Nihon to Chugoku Twin Peaks: The Finest of Chinese and Japanese Calligraphy, exh. cat. (Tokyo: Asahi Newspaper, 2006), 288–89, 352–53, 381, 424, no. 175, ill.

Edward Kamens, “Ink Play,” Yale Review 99, no. 2 (2011): 51–74, ill.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.