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White Cat Hissing at Its Reflection in a Black Lacquer Mirror Stand

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Poems translated in McKee 2006, p. 142; and Mirviss w/ Carpenter 2000, p. 116.


Poem by Shôjô Nomimasu: Ada nari to/ mizute nokiba ni/ yukikayou/ hito ni wa toku na/ hana no shitahimo Poem by Sankyôrô Noritaka: Nomi akasu/ sake/yori wa mazu/ hana ni yoite/ chiru ichirin n/o kata ni kakareru Poem by [Nan?]tei Miuo: Senkin no/ atai/no/haru/ni/ zare uta no/ hana ni isshu mo/ idenu wabishisa あたなりと うすて附はに 行通ふ ひとにはとくな 花のしたひも  猩猩呑升 のみ明す さけよりハ先 花に酔て 遅る一りんの かたにかゝれる  山橋楼範高 千金の 価の春に され歌の 花に一しゅも いてぬ詫しさ  _亭美魚


Gakutei 岳亭


Artist's seal: Shima Printer's mark: Tani Seikô


Formerly in the Sumitomo collection; June 1913, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Yamanaka & Co.; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

Credit Line

William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection

Japanese, Edo period, late 1820s–early 1830s

Catalogue Raisonné

McKee, Japanese Poetry Prints (Schoff Coll. cat., 2006), #49; Mirviss w/ Carpenter, Jewels of Japanese Printmaking (2000), #68; Polster & Marks, Surimono (1980), p. 63; Ukiyo-e taisei 9 (1931), #29


Shikishiban; 21.9 x 19 cm (8 5/8 x 7 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper