"Old Basho's poem of Mount Ibuki
When I open my door, to the west there is the mountain called Ibuki. There are no blossoms; there is no snow. Only the selfsufficient grandeur of the mountain.
Just as it is -
not even needing the moon
tsuki mo tanomaji
(Tanslation, see: Selected Poems of Matsuo Basho, translated and with an Introduction by David Landis Barnhill (2004), no. 443, p. 103.)
With a certificate on a narrow piece of paper (kiwamefuda) issued by Asakura Monyu (active early Edo period, 17th century).
Matsuo Basho (1644-1694)
Ink on paper
24.4 x 35.5 cm (9 1/2 x 14 in.)
Mounting 110 x 45 cm (43 1/4 x 17 3/4 in.)
Box with inscription