Sakai Hoitsu | Landscape Painting
Mounting decorated with a landscape painting by Sakai Hoitsu (1761-1828). Instead of a painting there is piece of paper with a handwritten note by Kano Tanyu (1602-1674). There are three inscriptions.
(1) The poem:
"From Pine Mountain now
I seem to catch the sound of waves
Loud and lashing high-
Though surely none could weep over
The mark I have left in your heart."
(Translation by Edwin A Cranston, A Waka Anthology: Grasses of remembrance, p. 228.)
(2) Inscription on the left:
"The founder of the family's original hand writing without doubt excellent by Mr. Tameie."
Reizei Tameyori - Sealed "Tanyu" (Kano Tanyu).
This mentioned Tameie is Fujiwara Tameie (1198-1275).
His son, Fujiwara Tamesuke (1263-1328) was the first generation Reizei, a noteworthy offspring of the Fujiwara clan. Therefore Fujiwara Tameie is referred to as “the founder of the family”. The Koumon (yellow gate) title is somewhat cryptic and refers to his title of “senior second rank counsellor” Shounii Dainagon. Reizei Tamesuke’s ancestors were: Michinaga (966-1028), Nagaie (1005-1064), Tadaie (1033-1091), Toshitada (1071-1123), Toshinari, a.k.a Shunzei (1114-1204), Sadaie (1162-1241), Tameie (1198-1275), Tamezuke (1263-1328) took the name Reizei.
Tameyori - the author of the inscription - is Reizei Tameyori (1592-1627), who was given the title of “third rank middle captain” (sanmi chuujou) Sanmi Chujo. Tameyori was the 10th generation Reizei.
(3) Inscription top right - presumably by Kano Tanyu - dated July 24th, 1670.
"Kanbun 10, 6th month, 8th day. It became hard to rest. This is Tameie’s hand. There is a certificate.
Sakai Hoitsu (1761-1828)
Ink on Paper
65 x 24 cm (25 1/2 x 9 1/2 in.)
Mounting 141.5 x 25.5 cm (55 3/4 x 10 in.)